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”

Organizing Pictures of Hydrangeas

hydrangea cutting in vase
Rooting

With the busy gardening time of summer over I am not surprised that readers are scarce on my hydrangea blogs. My blog posts are pretty scarce too. I took a bunch of photos as my new hydrangeas grew and flowered over the summer and into fall, but they did not all get organized into the correct Picasa folders.

Today I came across a page at Wizzley, where I write also, and decided to add more photos to that page. As I was trying to do that I had to go search for the pictures I wanted. That, of course, led me to get all the pictures from summer organized for ease of use next season.

Organization is so important in all areas of life and many of us struggle with it. Once it’s looking good, I always feel so much better.
Oh, this photo is one of the cuttings I rooted in a vase and then planted out in the yard this Fall. I’ll have to wait until Spring to see if they will grow. My fingers are crossed, and if they do, I’ll have two (I think) new little hydrangea shrubs.

Those who garden always have something new to look forward to!

Hydrangeas Have Long Lasting Blooms

Blue flowers on a hydrangea shrub
Pretty Shades of Blue

One of the reasons I love hydrangeas, is the fact that the blooms last a long time.  Hydrangeas will grow in many areas of the country (U.S.) but they don’t like extreme heat and that is probably why I never saw a single hydrangea when I lived in Florida.  In fact I never knew much about them until I had beautiful bunches of bright blue flowers on the one growing in the front yard of my rental house.  That was when I knew that one day I would have one or ten bushes growing in my own yard some day.

If this was my own yard, I would have a yard journal full of notes from the previous year, but I don’t so I’ll have to say that the hydrangeas begin blooming as soon as they can. Usually in April enough of the snow has melted that I can at least see the bush, but so far this year all I see is small sections of two of the tallest stalks sticking up through the snow. But once the nice weather arrives, the plants waste no time in shooting forth leaves, new growth and buds.

Blue hydrangea flower and bud
Photo taken mid-July

The buds are beautiful, the blooms are beautiful, and even as the blooms fade and change colors, they are beautiful. In my area of New England the buds have appeared and are opening by June and the big flowers are popping out color during July and August. The photo above was taken in mid-July of 2009 which was my first summer living here. That was the year that the flowers were a bright and beautiful blue color.

Cut flower bouquet of hydrangeas
Late summer bouquet

By mid-to-late August the flowers have changed color and make interesting cut flower arrangements. The photo below was taken the end of last summer (2010) and as you can see they contain a variety of blues and purples.