I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Faded Beauties

Hi! I LOVE hydrangeas, don't you? And since  I have worked my way up to having   nice small afternoon walk each day---just around my small neighborhood---  I've been indulging in a little snoop and peek at everyone's late summer gardens!

I have a friend who loves BLUE hydrangeas. Only blue...

and since he hopes to redo his garden at some point, I have been watching the local hydrangeas and checking on their blueness. Also their rather spectacular ability to have weathered the salt water flooding of H. Sandy! Where the sycamore trees are all dead, and most evergreens died, the local hydrangeas are as good as ever.

So...they were blue, mostly...in July. This is the above bush, now pink in early September. [below]

What makes them blue? Aluminum sulfate. And then they don't stay blue! here

I'll experiment with mine in their deck pots next spring, because M is not gonna be happy if his blue hydrangeas turn pink.

Even the blue flower heads turn pink at this time of year....

This is the time to cut them and dry them.

I want to fill my favorite stoneware crocks...first hint of Fall? [along with the LL Bean catalog, which arrived today!]



gone to the beach