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Monday, January 20, 2020

2020 Year of the Hydrangea




The National Garden Bureau singled out hydrangeas to be honored this year based on these criteria:



Widely adaptable

Genetically diverse


Naturally, I think they made a great choice! 




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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Technology is not my strong suit
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.
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Hydrangeas in black and white




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 my dilemma. 










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Monday, January 13, 2020

Hydrangea colors




 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.















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Sunday, January 12, 2020

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!
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Thoughts of Summer



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.









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Monday, January 6, 2020

In the Pink




Yesterday I mentioned loving blue hydrangeas.

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 Castle.

Pretty in pink! 








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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Color of the Year: 2020

 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 blue hydrangeas? 














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