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.
The white “Blushing Bride” hydrangea shrub is showing off some mighty nice, big, white flowers and I decided that I would try photographing them with starfish for my wedding shops. This is the photo I chose to use – with the background removed, to make the first set of custom stationery for Sandpiper Wedding. I call it Seaside Garden for brides who are married near the ocean in summer (or Fall) when the hydrangeas are blooming. I think it’s a nice combination.
It could apply to any couple who loves the beach too. I always say, “it’s your wedding, do it as you want”. Personally, I hate to see everyone choose the same old designs over and over just because they are popular. Choose something that is uniquely you. This stationery will be very unique since I took the photo, created the design and made the cards.
It was a toss-up between that beach-themed store and the hydrangea themed store, but I decided to use the white flower alone for the BlueHyd shop. At some point I will use the flower alone to create wedding invitations, but for now I am working on the “Seaside Garden” design, with a blue version to come.
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 – I put my glasses on it to show the size. View my pics below.