Hydrangeas Fading Blooms Are Beautiful

When I grew hydrangeas in my New England yard, my favorite time of year was end of summer. The blooms would begin to fade and change color. Sometimes they didn’t look all that great, and at other times the Fall colors could be even more beautiful.

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Fading pink bloom

I didn’t have pink flowering hydrangeas. Mine bloomed white (Blushing Bride) or blue (Endless Summer).  Usually the blue flowers would turn an amazing green color, like the picture below.

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Blue hydrangea bloom fading to green and pink

Even the dried flowers left on stems add beauty to a winter landscape.

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Dried hydrangea bloom still on the stem as snow falls.
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Fading Pink Hydrangea Bloom

Fall is an awesome time to look forward to. Summer heat is gone, and changes in the yard bring new colors to enjoy. Don’t be sad. Spring and summer will come again and offer a whole new set of flowers to enjoy.

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Pale green and pink hydrangea flower

All flower photos on this page came from the free, public domain site Pixabay.

5 Free Pictures of Blue Hydrangeas

Because my blog is mainly about hydrangea plants and flowers, I thought I’d bring to attention some pictures of blue hydrangea flowers that are free to use as you please. Download any size on the Pixabay site  (click on the image to view the page at their site) and use on your blog, website, stationery, and printables. These pictures can also be used commercially, with no need to give credit to the photographer, or site. Of course they would love it if you do.
I’ll also do other colors like green, pink and white. (Coming soon.)  In a few months I should have some photos of my own to add.
Here you go.   Click the image if you can use it yourself.   Continue reading “5 Free Pictures of Blue Hydrangeas”

I’m a Little Concerned – Where Are the Flowers?

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White Peony

As i travel around the neighborhood and general area where I live, I see hydrangeas already in bloom.  Just down the road I found a huge Pinky Winky “tree” which is covered in blooms.  (I must get a photo)  But my Pinky Winky is not blooming at all.  Not even any buds are showing.  The mopheads have blooms just beginning, but the limelight is also without buds.

So what does this mean?  Usually hydrangeas bloom in July here, so there is still time.  I do have a lot of shade around this place, so it might be what’s keeping them from budding.  I hope not, because I have little choice but to grow them where they are.  Besides, I won’t be digging them up!

My peonies are just opening too, whereas just down the road the peonies are in full bloom.  I’m very happy with all the buds on them this year.   But, how can the fact that I live just up the hill provide such a blooming contrast?  I’ll wait and see what happens.  What else is there to do?