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July 11, 2009 / Bo Mackison


A Bit of Purple, A Bit of Blue

A Bit of Purple, A Bit of Blue

I always think of hydrangea as a family flower. My grandmother and great-grandmother both grew hydrangea in their backyards, and the hydrangea kept company with bleeding heart, columbine, and roses. Not tea roses, but the old-fashioned vine roses, or climbing roses, that would cover the trellises with masses of blooms by summer’s end.


  1. Anna Surface / Jul 11 2009 7:42 am

    Great capture in detail. I really like the papery-look-feel of the Hydrangea… and of course, the lovely colors. I haven’t grown hydrangea in my yard… yet. 🙂

  2. burstmode / Jul 11 2009 8:59 am

    These have been hard to grow this summer. The heat came so early, they never had a chance. I love the delicate shades of blue and purple in this photo.

  3. montucky / Jul 11 2009 10:07 pm

    Nice capture! The blossoms look as though they were freshly washed, starched and pressed just for the photo!

  4. edvatza / Jul 12 2009 7:51 am

    Reminds me of childhood when my grandmother had Hydrangeas around the house. Beautiful memories brought on by a beautiful post.

  5. bookbabie / Jul 12 2009 9:33 am

    My new favorite flower! We planted three limelights in front and three similar to the one you photographed in back. They bloom so long, it’s great. I haven’t taken pics yet of mine, but I think I will, good shot:)

  6. Marcie / Jul 12 2009 10:42 am

    Exquisite detail. Love the soft color.

  7. Debi / Jul 14 2009 10:18 am

    Simply beautiful.

  8. iheartfilm / Jul 14 2009 11:19 pm

    I’ve always had a thing for hydrangeas. And the best part is, you can change their color by messing with the soil. It’s like playing God.

  9. Robin / Jul 16 2009 10:35 am

    Beautiful. 🙂

    My husband has been trying to grow hydrangeas for years and hasn’t had much luck with them.

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