In a Vase on Monday: The Changing Face of Hydrangeas

I am concentrating on hydrangeas for this edition of  In a Vase on Monday. In my blue vase today are several blossoms from an ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea. I added a touch of white from Encore azalea ‘Autumn Moonlight.’ The paper weight is another heirloom from my Arranger’s mother.

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One of its grand attributes of ‘Endless Summer’ is that it blooms on both new and old wood, so it means something is opening and maturing almost the entire season. I am intrigued by the changes that take place in the color of its blossoms. They start out snow white, turn pale blue or pink (depending on the chemical makeup of the soil…which I can influence), then begin to fade to a light green before fading yet further to an enchanting deep purple.

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In my garden now both  ‘Endless Summer’ and its sister ‘Blushing Bride’ are covered with a new set of buds which are starting to open. I expect to have loads of color from them up until frost.

Please click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme, at Rambling in the Garden. Her weekly challenge gives us the opportunity to share what is in bloom in our garden.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and has been a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to seven of his eight grandchildren.
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12 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The Changing Face of Hydrangeas

  1. Love the reflection you get on the gold tray. Pretty hydrangeas too.

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  2. Cathy says:

    The paperweight is a great prop as it links so well with the blue of the vase – and what a useful hydrangea that is! Thanks to both of you for your contribution 🙂

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  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Cathy, for starting this meme. We are enjoying being part of it.

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  4. Wow, now I know what Endless Summer is supposed to look like. Up here in Wisconsin, it’s pretty much known as “Endless Failure”!

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  5. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Linda. I’m sure you have some wonderful things there that I would love to have in my garden, but they can’t stand our heat.

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Exquisite color on your Endless Summer. Lovely arrangement.

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  7. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Susie. My Arranger encouraged me to keep this one as simple as possible.

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  8. I like the way the Hydrangea flowers dry – I avoid cutting them back until spring.

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  9. Annette says:

    Beautiful! Do you add something to the water to preserve them like this? I heard glycerine does a good job.

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Annette. We haven’t tried to preserve them, so have no first hand experience. I have heard the same about glycerine. One of these days, we will have to try it. Please report if you have success.

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