Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea

June 7, 2016 Garden Tour 005


“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

Pablo Neruda


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


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8 responses to “Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea

  1. Hi Fg – I enjoyed the comment reply with all that info about hydrangea –
    I have had one with mixed blooms – but was curious about the blue !!
    And speaking of blue – your blue hydrangea blooms have s nice composition as the further back gives is a feel for the many heads (?)
    And in the reader – the featured photo had s sorbet and yellow cream feel / so beautiful

    • These Hydrangeas are one of our most cherished gifts left by previous gardeners here. The ones in the larger photograph are quite old now, and that entire area has matured so they are behind and under other shrubs. The flower heads 😉 are tucked back under a Rose of Sharon and grow through a huge old Forsythia. But they seem to thrive in the shade and everyone plays well together, so why disrupt what is working? Those protected flowers tend to last longest into late summer- Thank you for visiting! I’ve missed your daily comments this last week since the end of the challenge. I hope all is well with you ❤ ❤ ❤

      • Hi – actually my mom and aunt and niece are here – super busy (cranky a day or two as well) – but loving every minute! They leave this weekend – and well – I will be back – I still have comments on day 7 of the challenge and also need to tell you about your April post and how it inspired my current project –
        Oh and I lost three liatris this week – my hubs helped clear some seeds for me (did I mention it has been a busy busy couple weeks) and well – sniff – they were mail orders from 2007 and a personal joy for me – they grow so tall in the back of shrubs and people always wonder about them – and I think liatris are a simple beauty that makes my garden look a little more complex – ha! But you know – new seasons must come – and with way too much mulch added – I will enjoy some positive “negative space” and maybe get some more –
        Do you like liatris?
        Anyhow – did get two porch lots of blooming annuals and mmmmmm mm such a nice welcome at the door!
        Oh and yes – the plants in your yard seem I sync – I agree – “let them play….”

  2. What a beautiful introductory quote (although the light here is a bit on the ‘too wet’ side at the moment!)

    • Yes, we’ve all been ‘blessed’ with abundant rain this spring! I hope there is no flooding in your area. We watched the coverage from Paris in horror, and have read about the tremendous rainfall and flooding elsewhere in Europe. We were spared this latest tropical storm,which veered out to sea well to our south. I hope your Mediterranean garden isn’t too soggy this month!

  3. I’ve never been able to get my hydrangeas blue. I know the soil has to be just right, but I guess I’ve never quite gotten it quite right. I am happy to enjoy yours. Lovely.

    • Why thank you, Julie! What color are your Hydrangeas? Some of the newer hybrids won’t change color based on the soil. But the old standard ones turn blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline. If the soil is somewhere in between, you can find some lovely shades of purple and sometimes mixed flowers on the same shrub! Holly Tone by Epsona is a good organic fertilizer for acid loving plants. It is reasonably priced and easy to use. I spread some around these shrubs in very early spring. If I’m feeling generous, they might get a snack in late October or early November, too. I hoe you enjoy your Hydrangeas regardless of their color. Even the white ones are lovely ❤ ❤ ❤

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