There are several shades of blue...purples...and pinks.
This wee little pink bush sits outside my kitchen window...it was given to us by friends in memory of our little "visitor from heaven" last spring. I planted it out and it didn't look too happy at first, but is sending out some beautiful blooms for fall.
My favorite hydrangea of those in my garden is the 'limelight'...a fairly new variety that is extremely hardy.
It starts off white...then has a lime green colour tinge until fall...
...and suddenly the blooms turn pink and green. The flower heads are fairly large, and look great in the garden or in cut bouquets...or in dried arrangements for those bleak winter months.
I have them all over the house...and they are always ready for a quick pick to take to a friend. I stocked up on vases before summer, so taking fresh cut flowers is a simple matter.
Hydrangeas seem to last just fine as cut flowers once they are fully developed...wilting can be a problem at the beginning of the season. We were a little nervous about delivering hydrangeas to Manitoba for a July wedding...when they had to be cut four days in advance. We dipped all the cut stems in alum powder (which apparently prevents them from wilting) before putting them in water...and the hydrangeas looked good as new at the wedding.
I rather like the quote, "The earth laughs in flowers"...and I'm quite happy to have my garden laughing in hydrangeas.
We have sunshine and fog this morning...and the smell of freshly mowed hay...and I have a good cup of coffee and I am ready to meet the day.