Hydrangeas could be called the great, morphing flower. From the time they bloom in June and July until Fall arrives, the flowers undergo amazing and wondrous changes.
My white flowering “Blushing Bride” is showing some unusual color combos as it ages. The once all-white huge flower is now mostly green with some pink on each petal. On the same bush, I have a white flower that seems to be changing to light blue, and some smaller, light green blooms.
By this time of year, late summer, any hydrangea shrub which had held bright blue flowers now has odd-colored blooms that no longer resemble the pretty blue.
It’s not really a bad thing, but the coloring is a bit hard to categorize. It’s a combo of green, purple, pink and maybe some blue tint still left. I suppose it depends on your garden dirt.
That is the thing about hydrangeas. They are never dull. Even as they age they can still be very interesting and lovely.
As you can see in my photos below, the hydrangea flower on the plant named “Blushing Bride” is going through a change to green as it ages.
It started off white, then began showing cream or ivory colored petals mixed with the white. Now it’s taking on a definite greenish appearance.
However, if your soil alkalinity is different from mine, your Blushing Bride flower may be pink or blue. This is one type of hydrangea which has flowers that will be various colors according to the type of soil.
I didn’t know what to expect from my newly planted hydrangeas this year, and I am pleasantly surprised!
All types – Limelight, Endless Summer, Pinky Winky, Pee Gee and this gorgeous Blushing Bride, are flowering.
The Blushing Bride shrub must really love the dirt it’s growing in, because it is taking off. The leaves are large; the plant is sturdy and healthy looking, and the flowers are huge – this one is nearly 10 inches across. I am not doing anything differently with this plant than all the others.
I had to get the tape measure out to show the actual size of this bloom. The white petals are mixed with some pink and green now. It will be fun to watch how the colors change as the flowers age.
The Endless Summer’s blue flowers are really pretty, but only half as large. That poor plant got flattened early on by a freak rain storm we had. Apparently it’s not as sturdy as it’s sister with the white flowers.
I will be working on some new wedding stationery using photos of this flower and getting them up soon in my online store.
My hydrangea shrubs are blooming! The Blushing Bride is mostly white with a slight green tint. Maybe the pink color will show up later. That is part of the fun in growing hydrangeas – they tend to change color as they age. They don’t bloom and die and look hideous, they bloom and gradually dry out on the stem, changing slowing day to day.
My blue hydrangea is full of light blue flowers. It’s really pretty – even though our torrential rainstorm from a couple weeks ago flattened the stems. The shrub itself is quite small, but it’s giving me some gorgeous photos and pretty color for the front yard. Can’t wait to see it next year, when it should be larger and more amazing.
Still to come is the Pinky Winky, which has tiny buds just beginning. I don’t think the Pee Gee or the Limelight (I have 2) will have flowers this year, but I am happy with what I am seeing. The white flower on the Blushing Bride is huge.