Monday, January 20, 2020
2020 Year of the Hydrangea
12:19 pm est
The National Garden Bureau singled out hydrangeas to be honored
this year based on these criteria:
Naturally, I think they made a great choice!
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Technology is not my strong suit
2:20 pm est
I have been trying
unsuccessfully for days to add a welcome page to this website using the above photo. I have no time to deal with tech support
at the moment so my welcome to you will have to reside here until I figure out what the glitch is. This comes under the heading
of: LIFE IS NOT PERFECT.
Hydrangeas in black and white
2:06 pm est
Because my Hydrangea Mania book is mainly text I chose
to insert only black and white photos for illustration to keep production costs down. But every time I see the huge difference
when hydrangeas are shown in black and white as opposed to color, I have to revisit that decision. The photo above appears
on the title page of my book. The photo below shows it in color. A huge difference, right?
Finally I got a brainstorm about the best
way to handle this. Yes, the photos in the book will be in black and white to keep production costs down, but somewhere in
the book I will mention where to find the same photos here in my blog. Not ideal, but I think it's a sensible solution to
Monday, January 13, 2020
4:52 pm est
When I first started looking for hydrangeas at
garden centers they were often identified by color and not by the name of the variety. The garden label would simply say BLUE
HYDRANGEA or PINK HYDRANGEA or WHITE HYDRANGEA. It wasn't until I had three blue hydrangeas in my own
garden and noticed that all three were clearly different from each other that I knew I needed to learn more. To further add
to confusion, blue hydrangeas can turn pink and vice versa depending on the pH of the soil.
To get the color hydrangea you want in your garden, go to my FAQS page and click on the link to this topic.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
3:22 pm est
The color blue is always a trigger for me for thoughts about
blue hydrangeas. Years ago when I was in Belgium to attend an international hydrangea conference I was sitting at an outdoor
cafe sipping my wonderfully named Eaulala. I loved the cobalt blue of the bottle and the fact that the product was served
with its own special glass. I am always on the lookout for containers in which to display hydrangeas and this bottle looked
perfect. I loved the resulting picture when I got home. The bottle itself is now part of a collection of cobalt blue bottles
I have grouped together on a windowsill. Happy memories!
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Thoughts of Summer
1:13 pm est
It snowed last night. Snow is good insulation for hydrangeas and
it looks pretty so I don't mind it unless I have to shovel it. This time I don't. Perfect! And it reminds me of the beautiful
hydrangeas I will see again in the summer which feels like a looooooong time away. But the days are getting longer so we're
heading in the right direction.
Monday, January 6, 2020
In the Pink
11:14 am est
Yesterday I mentioned loving
The fact is I
love hydrangeas in all their wonderful colors.
Behold this glorious
display I found in Ireland in the walled
garden at Dromoland
Pretty in pink!
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Color of the Year: 2020
2:26 pm est
Two paint companies have chosen shades of blue for their "Color of the
Year". The Sherwin-Williams choice is called 'Naval' and Pantone's choice is called "Classic blue". I think
of blue hydrangeas as classics so I'm on board with this year's color of the year. I mean, really, how can you go wrong with