Sunday, June 16, 2013

Now Come the Hydrangeas


  

The first few hydrangeas are in bloom on the bush beside the front entrance. At first creamy green, then palest blue, and finally a deep clear-day-sky-blue that stays for most of the summer. It's hard to choose a favorite flower - I think they are all my favorites - but hydrangeas give me great delight.

They provide constant color in my garden for several months, require almost no care at all, make great arrangements in the house, and in autumn, darken to rich shades perfect for drying. What's not to like? 

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.

 

27 comments:

Carol L McKenna said...

Exquisite floral photography of one of nature's glories ~ ^_^

Pamela Gordon said...

These are beautiful Lorrie. I love the blue ones. I would love to plant more in my yard and there is really nothing stopping me now that the trees have been cut down. Beautiful photos.

Andrea Dawn said...

I share your delight with hydrngeas . . . nothing quite like them.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful, Lorrie. Maybe this year my little blue one will take a growth spurt! If not, I hope you'll be posting more photos of yours.

-Karen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are my favorite flowers and they are so pretty in a vase or even dried. I miss having them in my flower bed! It really makes you think of summer! Enjoy!

podso said...

I've heard you can keep them fresh for a very long time if you trim the stems and put the upside down under hot water to let it soak into the stems. I've tried it and so far working.

Lavender Cottage said...

I agree with hydrangeas being a favourite shrub, none are blooming here yet.
Judith

ellen b. said...

Oh...yours are well ahead of mine. Just beautiful!

Chy said...

Those are gorgeous Lorrie! Thanks for sharing. :)

Dawna Motz said...

So glad that the three hydrangeas I planted last year came back! I love them as well, but looks like it will be awhile before seeing any blooms here. Do you cut yours right back in the fall or next spring, or do they come back on the old wood ? Pretty pictures Lorrie!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

One of my favorites - lovely photos.

Love, Live and Garden! said...

Gorgeous. I love hydrangeas :)

marigold jam said...

Beautiful - we had some lovely deep blue ones when we lived in France and brought a couple back to the UK with us as they were such a fabulous colour but they resolutely bloom pink here no matter what we do!

eileeninmd said...

Your hydrangeas are lovely. I really love the blue color hydrangea. Beautiful images. Have a happy week!

Elizabethd said...

You are way ahead of us. The blooms are still very tight here.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lorrie,

Glorious! Love these flowers.


Gabriela

sandy said...

These are beautiful! My favorite flowers! Have a wonderful week!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Yay. If yours are blooming, then I know mine can't be far behind! Hydrangeas are my favorite blooms.

Chel C said...

Yours are lovely! I noticed mine today as I came home from work. We have a climbing hydrangea in a beautiful cream that climbs up the side of our porch. Such delicate but robust flowers. Definitely a favourite. xx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful hydrangeas!
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment.

Alisa Noble said...

Beautiful! I've had a heck of a time trying to keep mine alive the last couple of years.

aimee said...

Beautiful photos Lorrie! I LOVE hydrangeas--especially blue ones:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Charlene said...

Beautiful!!!! I had to leave my hydrangeas at the house I just sold. And this house doesn't have enough shade for them. But, I will fix that with planting some trees!!!!! Enjoy your beauties!

Art and Sand said...

I wish mine were blue. Yours are beautiful.

Katherine said...

Oh, aren't these showstoppers! Wonderful photos, Lorrie - they look as if I could reach into my screen and pick them. ;o)

Jannibele said...

Your Hortencias (as we call them in Norway) are truly beautiful. I am so facinated by it's different colors and change of color.

Donna said...

Be still my heart! I love, love, love this flower. But it doesn't grow well in my garden - drats.