PlantTherapy: Hydrangeas in Summer

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A lacecap hydrangea in front of a townhouse.

In the very beginning of spring compact blue or pink hydrangeas are sold everywhere as gift plants or to add early color to planters. Some people call them the 'foil hydrangeas' (the pot is usually wrapped in foil) and they are made to put on an impressive early show. Although it brings color and cheer early on, I always look forward to the real show that comes in summer...

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It is only once the foil hydrangea blossoms have come and gone that those planted in the ground wake up and push forth little shoots of green along their old stems. For many weeks now I have been enjoying the varieties planted all over the city. These photos were taken recently and are of a lacecap hydrangea that I pass by and enjoy every year. I have always been fascinated by how some varieties react to soil contents through their fluctuation in color. I know it is only a reaction to the presence or lack of an element. But it gives them even more personality, reminding me of how my own pallor gives away my thoughts.

matt at apartment therapy dot com