What a great public planting!
This is my favorite time of year in the garden. I don’t grow any roses that are suitable for cutting. But my hydrangeas are, obviously, and I usually have some in bloom from about July 4 until–if I am lucky– early October.
What I particularly like is the way that the blooms change color over the season–and this is true no matter what varieties I am growing.
The arborescens, or Annabelle, type, with their big white (or I do have pink varieties as well) will soften from white to lime–much like a PeeGee will.
The pink arborescens fade to a buff color.
And of course, the blues change to muted mauve (but this will happen later in the season for me so no photos yet). Very nice.
I have different varieties coming along as well too. So much to look forward to!
Right in the center of all these beautiful leaves is a tiny spider (it’s upside down as well, which makes it harder to see).
I would say it has found itself the perfect hiding spot!
I may have posted about this before, but it has never been so apparent as it has this year: there are hydrangeas in my garden that I didn’t plant.
Mind you, I am not complaining, particularly since hydrangeas are one of my 2 favorite flowers (roses are the other).
And, due to a series of “unfortunate incidences,” as I am now referring to things, I haven’t been out in my gardens in any meaningful way since at least 2016–perhaps earlier. It’s getting hard to remember the last time I was really able to garden properly.
So I am blessed that the gardens are almost self-sustaining. And if I can’t do things–or hire people to do them exactly the way I would like them to be done, oh well. Some people have real problems.
So this is a real treat, and the thing that tipped me off to the fact that, yes, indeed, this is a self-sown hydrangea. Where else are you going to find 2 different color flowers on the same shrub?
I checked–all the pink ones that I planted are accounted for (and further, I do know where I planted them). I am less clear about my whites, but that’s not the issue since I have pink and white blooms on the same shrub. Clearly, my bees have been busy!
This is a close-up of just the pink flower on one of these shrubs. As far as I can tell, there are at least 3 of them.
What’s not to like?