Lovely Blue Flowers

The Hydrangea Serrata ‘Blue Billow’- Tiny Tuff Stuff Mountain Hydrangea is the perfect bush to plant if you love and would like these beautiful lace cap blooms in your flower garden.

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This Hydrangea bush is planted next to our utility shed for shade coverage. We also have a huge tree to protect the bush from Summer’s blistering heat. They are hardy enough for full sun, but I like it in part shade for protection, because here in the South, we have some scorching heat days.

My neighbor was a former teacher. She would often share photos of flowers with her students from her yard, and this bush from my yard, was one of the photos she made sure to snap every year. Sometimes I shared blooms with her so the children could get a first-hand look and feel of the soft petals, but most of the time the flowers weren’t in bloom while school was still in session. She always had wonderful stories from the children to share.

The Hydrangea blooms always made it into a cut flower vase for my table. A classic cut crystal vase was gorgeous to use, but I also used a quart Mason Jar as a vase. The jars make for a great centerpiece filled with Hydrangea blooms, or anything else for that matter.

Hydrangeas bloom on old and new wood. So…if you fail to cut the bush back one year, you’re safe! The plant I bought was supposed to be 18-24 inches high, but mine kept growing to about 4 feet. The pot was labeled wrong! I certainly didn’t mind though, because the blooms are so pretty to enjoy while I sit on the deck with a nice cool glass of tea in a warm evening or a steaming cup of coffee in cool mornings.

I have three varieties of Hydrangea. They’re all so colorful, it’s hard to decide which I enjoy the most. If you’re in the market for Hydrangea, check out the different varieties before you choose from your garden center. The snowball is probably the most widely planted, because the blooms are huge and gorgeous!

Did you know you could change the color of the Hydrangea bloom? The whites ones will remain white, so don’t even try to change its color.

If you like the blue blooms, the soil needs to be more acidic. For pink blooms the soil should be more alkaline.

Here’s a link that explains how.
http://www.gardenista.com/posts/magic-trick-how-to-make-your-hydrangea-change-color

They’re also easy to dry and use in arrangements for a long time to come. Here’s a link for the directions.
http://www.hgtvgardens.com/drying/how-to-dry-hydrangeas

Now if we can keep the rabbits from our vegetable gardens, we’ll be happy women!
Happy planting, and may you grow lovely blooms.

Happy Summer reading.

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Until next time…I wish you Love, Butterflies and Music.

 

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About Carol

Carol’s roots are sown in the South. Her writings are Southern, small town based and include romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She believes in falling in love, family values, and happy endings. When time allows, she dabbles in art, and always has popcorn, pickles, and hot chocolate on hand. While a dose of humor sprinkles throughout her stories, they may or not, be based on real life characters. Some are convinced they are, but only she knows for certain, and she won’t gossip. Carol currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family. A multi-published eBook author since 2011, Carol's won numerous awards, and previously published in poetry, short stories and novels. Novels available in ebook: (A Short Story) A MATTER of TASTE, PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print), CHRISTMAS at the GRANGER INN, CHRISTMAS at APPLE LAKE, THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Coming December 2019: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding Coming December 2020: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby Where to find Carol DeVaney online: http://www.caroldevaney.weebly.com http://www.caroldevaney.blogspot.com http://www.facebook.com/carol.devaney http://twitter.com./caroldevaney
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8 Responses to Lovely Blue Flowers

  1. Lovely summertime post, thanks! Can’t wait to read the whole book!

    Next week!
    xx
    Lizzi

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  2. Carol says:

    Thanks, Lizzi! We have some wonderful stories in this set…as with all other sets! Enjoy.

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  3. jackiemaurer says:

    Those are beautiful, Carol! After watching a friend of mine turn hers into gorgeous shades of blue and purple, I looked up how to manipulate the soil only to find out my white ones would never give me anything other than the white. But when you figure out how to manage the rabbits, puh-leeeeze let me know. 😉
    Congrats on the summer boxed set. Shared. ❤

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  4. Carol says:

    Thanks for visiting and sharing our newest box set, J.M. Maurer! I’ve read you can’t alter the color of a white Hydrangea, but what do I know? Lol I’ve seen a shade of pale green, but believe it’s a different variety. About two miles from our house is a yard with enormous white Hydrangeas. They look to stretch around ten to twelve feet or so. Awesome view. Rabbits have a mind of their own!

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  5. Jill James says:

    We had the snowball type when I was a kid in Baltimore. Our soil must have been mixed. Some years they were blue and some years they were pink. LOL

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  6. Carol says:

    Lol Your dad must have switched watering mixture to bring a smile to you and family! Or to trick you kids!

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  7. Jude Knight says:

    I love hydrangeas, and have several, but they’ve never done particularly well here. Maybe when I’m retired I might figure out why. When I was a child, I lived near a long hedge of granddaddy hydrangeas, which had been left to grow unchecked so that all the green and the flowers were on the outside of a long tunnel of twisting branches. I used that hedge as the refuge for the little girl left home alone in the very first story I had accepted for radio broadcast, Big Girl (as in, you’re a big girl now, darling).

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    • Carol says:

      How interesting the radio broadcast must have been. Congrats! Good luck resolving your issues with your hydrangeas. When you’re ready, search the internet for tons of information on how to grow, care and change the colors.

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