As gardeners we are all aware and treasure the rhythms of our garden as various plants come into bloom and take the fore. Most recently the hydrangea has taken her place as the Queen of local gardens, and I did not waste a minute going out and documenting her royal beauty!
Her lacy abundance and delicacy truly demand and deserve a special place in the garden.
hydrangea XVIII. — modL. hydrangēa, f. Gr. hudōr, hudr- WATER + ággos vessel; so called with ref. to the cup-like form of the seed-capsule.~Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etomology
Most gardeners learn early on that hydrangeas need lots of water. That “hydra” at the beginning of her name is a clue, the same clue at the beginning of our common word “hydrate.” Should we miss the clue the hydrangea will oblige to remind us by wilting mercilessly before our very eyes in the slightest hot afternoon sun. Whoops! Get the hose! Fortunately she’s also forgiving and will normally bounce back if the offense was not too dire. Teeny warning. I once had a nursery person put a large one in the front seat of my car and the sun’s rays were amplified through the windshield to such a degree that that particular plant required some serious (sad) pruning later in the day and only eventually came back around to my original purchase. Lesson learned. Put them in the shadiest part of your vehicle ’till you arrive safely home! Here she is now.
I am particularly charmed that little Border Collie Ruby makes a big point of running in a circle around this large pot, just under the overarching branches, over and over again, and then jumps in the splash pool which lives just adjacent. So cute.
I am ever so certain someone reading this post will be thinking, “Pink? Did you find only pink?” I must confess to a predisposition to pink, but I was captivated by many other colors I found in my neighborhood hydrangea foray! How could someone not be captivated by the beauty of this red and white hydrangea? I was.
May you be blessed, dear readers, with a hydrangea in your garden world!
Love and gardening hugs,
Posted on July 31st, 2009 by Kathryn
Filed under: Plants