Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: Late-summer hydrangeas

For so long I disliked hydrangeas. I thought of them as old-fashioned flowers for old ladies. Now I guess I am an old lady because I love hydrangeas. I really should cut more blooms and take them in the house. Even as they fade they are beautiful.

This year our neighbor decided to pull out a huge old bush. She gave it to us! We divided it and now have four more plants. They didn't bloom this year but we expect to have a lot next year. We added a soil amendment to make them blue, though I also love the pink ones.

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wayside wanderer said...

I planted my first hydrangea this year. A friend started it last year for me by scrapping one of the stems of her plant and then pinning it down to the dirt with a rock. It took root and we transplanted this past spring. I hope it will bloom next year.

Cheryl said...

I love them too-more so as I've gotten older :) But they really are just bursts of sunshine! I love cleomes too!

Linda said...

I used to think the same thing, but I must be old too becasue I have decided I like them very much now....funny how that works! Pretty blooms...the faded ones are lovely too:)