Thursday, May 26, 2011

Exceptionally Blue Hydrangeas


All over town this year the hydrangeas are a much deeper blue. Maybe it was all the rain? These beauties are almost purple.

15 comments:

Farrah said...

Utterly breathtaking. I've noticed the hydrangeas in my area have also been unusually beautiful. Almost makes flooding worth it.

Kelley said...

I believe hydrangea color's determined by the degree of alum in the soil. Lovely indeed.

Anonymous said...

The amount of blueness depends on the amount of aluminum sulfate in the soil.

Pink can be changed to blue and also the reverse.

White color cannot be changed.

Donna said...

I love hydrangeas! We called them Snowball Bushes when I was a kid. I learned that the color depends on the PH of the soil, the blue needs acidic soil. So maybe the runoff from the rain washed something acidic into the soil?

Rachel said...

::sighs:: I have such a soft spot in my heart for deep, blue hydrangeas.

I think it was just growing up in Virginia and loving the daffodils that brought in the spring, which brought in the hydrangeas.

Kate at Wonderful Life Farm said...

Stunning!

Margo said...

wow - just beautiful.

Amy said...

Love, love, love them! They are everywhere here where we live too. So gorgeous!

Laura {{* *}} said...

I wish you could see the hydrangeas where I used to live in
Volcano, Hawaii.

Volcanic soil and a continual mist creates colors like I have never seen in nature.

Hydrangeas are my favorites.
Yours are lovely.

{{* *}}

Mrs.Rabe said...

Gorgeous!

Kate said...

Gorgeous!

~Kate

walkmom said...

Do you know a lot about hydrangeas? I think pill bugs (roly poly, isopod) are eating mine. Any suggestions?

seashoreknits said...

Acidic soil, of course, promotes the blueness, so perhaps the rain composition did have an impact!
These are so beautiful, Anna - the camera captured a lovely color.

Lisa said...

Acid rain, maybe?

Alison Wise said...

Those are just beautiful. I wonder if I can grow them here? When I lived in Arizona, nothing grew well (except roses, go figure!) Since moving to Utah, I've been enjoying planting all of the things I could never grow there....

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