I don’t claim to have a green thumb, but once in a while, when something we’ve planted in our garden takes off and does well, it feels great. I love flowers in general, but one I’ve never tried to grow before now is the hydrangea. I love the beautiful colors, the shape of the large mophead flower and the different variations of the blooms. They’re not known to be a low-maintenance plant, especially in our Zone 4 cooler climate, and they can require a bit of pampering. Regardless, we planted both a hydrangea bush and a hydrangea tree in our landscape, and hoped with some sun, a little pruning at the right time and plenty of water, we might have success. Just maybe.
Hydrangeas come in this gorgeous green color . . .
. . . and this absolutely beautiful shade of blue.
Here’s a lovely white mophead.
If you’ve watched her program, The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten often uses hydrangeas in her beautiful tablescapes. She simply walks out her back door, pruning shears in hand, and lops off several huge hydrangea blooms from one of her many bushes, which she then magically plops into a waiting vase for the perfect centerpiece. How bad can that be?
While I may not have the spectacular gardens Ina has, I’m pretty proud of my one hydrangea bush . . .
. . . which finally gave us our VERY FIRST blossom! Isn’t this the most perfect shade of pink? With no real pampering, the bush has really thrived, but for the longest time, only had healthy green leaves. Imagine how thrilled I was to look out one afternoon and see this! :)
The pink flowers look so dainty, so perfect. I can’t believe this came from my garden. I hope there are bunches more to come. :)
And since the Summer season means gardening is finally in full bloom, I’d like to offer you the opportunity to receive a free 2-year subscription to one of my favorite magazines, Better Homes and Gardens. Every issue is full of great tips and ideas for decorating and caring for our homes indoors and planning and growing plants and flowers for our gardens and patios outdoors. I’ve been getting BHG magazine for years and I’ve always found it informative and inspiring. If you’re not already a subscriber, I know you will too.
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