Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blue Beauty . . .

My friend Jackie's Hydrangea . . .  she does nothing to create this beauty.
 no watering, trimming, fertilizing, NOTHING, yet . . . she brings some beauty
 she smiles at them and watches me when I stop over to steal a few!
I bet they look large here to you, in person they are HUGE!

Jackie isn't sure how old this Hydrangea bush is, thinking may 50+ years. 
year after year she brings this blue beauty
I dipped the ends of the hydrangeas in some alum,
per a suggestion from my friend Barbie.  
thus the cloudy water.
For Jackie
"Even in the smallest and humblest garden,
a sturdy hydrangea at once proclaims the place
as the abode of a real gardener
rather than a mere purchaser
of plants to cover the landscape."
Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, 2006
he draws the essence
of his heart - a nascent firefly
in meadow-spun light

and blazing summers arrive
summoning blizzards
of blue hydrangeas
be kind to one another
my friends


TexWisGirl said...

marvelous! and i love that you 'steal' them. :) and i know she loves it, too.

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

I can't imagine a garden without at least one Hydrangea shrub. I'm even willing to pamper them through summer droughts with daily waterings. I like to leave them in the vase after the water's gone...within a few weeks...nearly instant dried arrangements! Lovely photos and verses, too.

Gail said...

How beautiful.

I panicked when I thought I had lost Grandma's this year. A few leaves came up but no blossoms. Maybe I can feed it a little and it will catch up next year. Granny always buried iron scraps around her so the bloom would be bluer.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hydrangeas have to be one of my favourite flowers Lynne. I love them all …. blue ones. pink ones, white ones, all of them !! We have quite a few in our garden, mostly white and pink and a beautiful lime coloured one. I like to dry them too. Blue ones are hard to grow here …. you need an acid soil.
What a lovely name your friend has !!!!!! haha. XXXX

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How lovely!!! They are a favorite of mine as well. Mine didn't do as well this year (better than last), so I would be stealing a few from a friend too!

Margaret Adamson said...

Yes well worth stealing!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, your hydrangeas are just beautiful. I am sure your friend likes to share these beauties. Lovely poems! Have a happy Sunday!

Kim said...

I had a hydrangea in our yard and it did not give me even one bloom...not a one!! After a decade of disappointment, I dug it up and gave it to my sister. It flowers in her yard. I guess it just didn't like my dirt! I should go over and cut a few bloom, shouldn't I?

carolann said...

These Hydrangea are beautiful Blooms.

Missy George said...

I wish I had some to steal..Actually, I have my own but the blue ones are now dark green..Very strange..Enjoy! Happy Sunday Lynne..

Musings from Kim K. said...

Our poor hydrangeas decided not to bloom this year. Your friend is very blessed with such a beautiful blue blossoms. How nice to share them with you.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I LOVE hydrangeas, yet I don't know anyone who I can sneak some from. :) Lucky you!! They are gorgeous.

bj said...

Aren't they just lovely....
doesn't water..??

Linda said...

Hi Lynne....
Is there anything more beautiful?
I think not....
I am cutting some this weekend...
Mine are not blue....:o/
Linda :o)

Kerin said...

Wow! Just wow!
It's so kind of your sweet friend to share!

Smiles :)

p.s So... does the powdered alum seem to work? I wondered about that.

Nancy said...

Gorgeous beyond belief....I love Hydrangeas so much...We had them in my yard growing up and I can still remember how beautiful they were all summer....Have you tried drying any?

A Joyful Cottage said...

Gorgeous, Lynne! Oh, to have Hydrangeas like these in my garden. Great quote from the Washington Park Arboretum.