The Hydrangeas are starting to bloom. Here in the North East, Hydrangeas make quite a show with their giant clusters of purple, pink, and light blue flowers. When we lived in an apartment, our landlord had a hydrangea bush that bloomed blue. I thought that it was so pretty that I took a cutting (with the landlord’s permission) when we moved. That cutting thrived and is now, in fact, a considerably big bush by our front porch. It is starting to bloom now, too. The two pictures here are its first blooms of the season.
But where are the blue flowers that I so admired? Instead of blue, I have these colors – purple and pink.
I understand that hydrangea color depends on the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soil yields a pink color, while alkaline soil gives the blue hue. Here is a more intelligent discussion about Hydrangea color if you are interested. However, before re-reading the article again, I thought that it was the other way around. Silly of me. The other day, to make the soil more acidic, I poured used coffee grounds around this bush and watered it with diluted coffee from my coffee that morning. And here I was wondering why the flowers would not turn blue. Oops!
So, I guess, I will save my coffee grounds for some other acid loving plants henceforth. In the meantime, I will leave this plant alone and let it be the color it wants to be. It is beautiful any which way.