I take my own pictures of hydrangeas that either grow in my yard or someplace else. I also use images from free stock photography sites. But I don’t use those to create my Zazzle products.
Some sites advertise “free” images, but they are only free in certain instances and for particular uses.
One site where you won’t have to worry about the use of images is Pixabay. This hydrangea flower image came from there. I downloaded it, cropped it, and added it here. There are no flowering hydrangeas in my yard yet this year, so I don’t have any to share.
I’ve expanded this blog to include all types of gardening and landscape design, but I want to still focus as much as I can on the hydrangea.
Who doesn’t love to find a personal note from someone special in their mailbox? At Zazzle the options for customization are numerous. And the designer papers to choose from will boggle the mind!
If you love blue flowers, or know someone who does, a little note card – with or without text – will please the recipient. The blue hydrangea gives these folded notes a lovely look, and if you’d like a larger card, it’s easy to choose the larger “greeting card” size. We even have photo cards so you can further personalize your greeting with a picture!
Every card comes with a white envelope but we have custom envelopes available too.
Certain plants need a low pH, or acidic soil to grow and thrive. The hydrangea will do well in any pH – acidic or alkaline – but the soil type will effect the flower color. If you don’t care what color your flowers are, then you will accept the fact that your alkaline soil will give you pink blooms, but many people want hydrangeas for their bright blue color. Continue reading “Making Hydrangea Flowers Turn Blue: Lowering the pH”
When buying a blue hydrangea be sure your soil is acidic enough to keep it flowering blue.
Spring is coming, and if you are already dreaming of shopping for a great landscape perennial, a beautiful addition to any garden includes the bright blue flowers of the Mophead hydrangeas.
Often hydrangeas are at nurseries by the bucket load in spring, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Hydrangeas bloom in July and beyond (in northern climates), so that means most likely they will not have open blooms in May. You’ll have to trust the tag for the information as to the type and color of the flower.
Macrophylla Varieties Have Color-changing Flowers
The trouble with trying to buy a blue hydrangea is that even if it is blue in it’s container it may change color in the ground.
All blue flowering hydrangeas are of the macrophylla variety, sometimes called the mopheads. You’ve no doubt heard of the Nikko Blue and Endless Summer which can have blue flowers. They are sold as blue-flowering, but if your soil is not acidic enough, the flowers will be more pink.
Potted plants are grown in special soil which is more controlled as to it’s alkaline and acidity levels. Yard dirt can vary widely in acidity. In New England the soil tends to be acidic, so my blue hydrangeas truly bloomed blue.
Macrophylla Flowers Are Round, Paniculata Flowers Are Elongated
The flower color change can only happen with the macrophylla variety hydrangeas. The paniculatas – like my Pinky Winky – do not change color no matter what type of soil they grow in.
To guarantee a blue flowering shrub, first test your soil. Buy a do-it-yourself test kit to find out if your soil has the right acidity to create blue blooms. A pH below 6 means you should have blue flowers. If it’s above 6, plan on pink ones.
If your soil is too alkaline to grow blue flowering hydrangeas, consider growing them in a big pot where you can control the soil’s pH and get the color you want. This is tougher to do in the ground.
What to Add to Soil to Make it More Acidic
To get blue flowering hydrangeas a soil acidifier must be added to the ground. Something organic (I am an organic gardener) can be purchased. Carefully follow the directions, and add as often as the package recommends. Additions to the ground will not last. Rain will wash away the changes, so it must be done consistently.
Other natural ways to create acidic soil may not be enough to create blue flowers all the time, but you can try watering the plant with something acidic mixed with water. I used to pour pickle juice on my gardenia plants. Vinegar in water is another choice. I’ve never done this to my hydrangeas, so you may want to look into it more.
Lime lowers Ph (you want a lower Ph for blue flowers) and Sulfer raises Ph.