The hydrangeas in my garden are in full bloom. This year they are flourishing from all the rain blessing them from nature. This spectacular blue was started 10 years ago from an Easter potted flower gift from my sons.
This variety, Endless Summer, was a Mother's Day gift and graces the bed near the front deck, it blooms all season with assorted colors. It has only been established for three summers so it is still a youngster but it blooms wonderfully. The flower heads are smaller than my traditional plants, still showy. This plant tends to have a variety of colors all at the same time - white, pink and purple so pretty.
The hydrangea originated in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning vessel, referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. The tightly packed star-shaped flower heads show the hydrangea’s color hues, white, green, blue, pink and purple each determined by the acidity level of the soil.
The hydrangea’s symbolism of vanity reflects its abundance of petals and lavish shape. A bouquet of hydrangea expresses gratefulness and understanding and it represents anything that is sincerely heartfelt.
And finally, the Limelight Hydrangea, was given to me by my sister. It grew too large for her small yard so it is now spreading its roots outside the lower family room door. Some years the flowers are almost white, other times the signature pale lime green - simply glorious.
Drying the flowers is simple, just pick a bouquet and place it in a dry vase. They will naturally dry to delicate tissue like textures and will be preserved as an everlasting flower that will adorn your home for years to come.
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