Sunday, May 29, 2011

Today's Flowers: Hydrangea

I'm amazed how fast hydrangea blossoms develop from the earliest buds to full blooms.
There weren't hardly any signs of the earliest flower development on either of my hydrangea bushes until the second week in May.
But after the first buds they started popping up all over the bushes and developing.
I like the way different blooms develop at a different pace with a variety of coloration.
My two hydrangea bushes are not only the same variety they are parent and child.
I was able to separate a baby years ago from the parent bush and plant it in a different part of my garden.
The child bush is almost as big as the parent at this point.
The bush below is the parent.
The next one is the child but it has been on its own for many years now.
I don't remember which individual bush the macro and close-ups are from. Once they are downloaded and on the computer, there is no telling which is which as both bushes have blossoms at different stages.
I know the soil acidity is supposed to be a factor in blossoms being blue or pink.
My bushes tend to have blue blossoms when they are fully developed but there is often a little pink mixed in.
The early blooms also tend to start of with some cream colors.
I've been moving chronologically through my shots with the first ones being taken during the second week in May up to the present.
The shot above and the rest were all taken this Saturday.
There is still a lot of variety in terms of blooms that are just starting and ones that are mature.
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Leora said...

How wonderful, all your many photos of the hydrangea. I wondered how my stick of a hydrangea would ever turn green again - and sure enough, it did.

DeniseinVA said...

I love the transition from buds to bloom. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and so are your photographs.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

wonderful sequence of flowers. I have a big hedge of the same colours.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, so nice to see the hydrangeas in such detail! I love the variety of colours too said...

wow!!! amazing shots....

Carolina Mountains said...

I just love blue hydrangeas. Yours are fabulous!

Unknown said...

fantastic series! they're perfect spring bouquet.

Modern Mom said...

Beautiful blooms!

My entry.

Stephany said...

Simply gorgeous! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, especially the blue ones.

EG CameraGirl said...

They are exquisite! Another plant I would LOVE to be able to grow here.

Carletta said...

I've really enjoyed seeing these Carver. Both bushes are quite lovely.
I lost mine last year to something and really must get a new one to plant.
Your last macro is wonderful!

eileeninmd said...

Carver, your hydrangea bushes are beautiful. Lovely photos.

lina@women's perspectives said...

Wonderful series of Hydrangea flowers. Love your shots :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic set of hudrangeas.They are magnificent.I love the different colors but that blue one is so adorable!

Michelle said...

Now I know what I have to look forward to when my hydrangeas bloom later as we are behind you..