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!

Purple hydrangea

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.


23 thoughts on “(FUNNY) HYDRANGEA

    1. It seems like it. now, I remember that the year blooms of the bush were blue and then they slowly got lighter when I started putting peat moss and coffee grounds on the soil. Although, according to the link, other factors affect the color as well.

  1. … and if you can’t get the soil right to bring out the color you wish there is always Photoshop where you can change the hue. 🙂

  2. blue or pink, hydrangeas are a welcome sight in the heat of the summer time!    they escort the hostas into bloom, right?

    we have lots of heliconias and gingers, but i see few hydrangeas in the tropics!


  3. To get a blue Hydrangea, you need to add aluminum sulphate to the soil. I once bought two gorgeous bright blue ones to plant either side of my front gate, at our house in Johannesburg. We planted them carefully, and stood back to admire them. They were only small, but would of course grow to a nice size. The very next morning, they were both gone. Someone had stolen them during the night. 😦

    1. I am very sorry to hear about this, Sylvia. What kind of person will steal a plant?
      Your story reminded me of a story from the Philippines that I read recently. A road leading to the University of the Philippines was lined with sunflowers. It was quite an attraction. Sunflowers are not too common in the Philippines and the sunflowers int he university were planted in time for the April commencement exercises. One day, a mother and child were caught on camera pulling out sunflower plants and loading them in the trunk of their car. What a sad thing.

      1. Yes, it is a sad story. Also in Johannesburg, hubby walked out of our gate, to find a man with his truck parked at the kerbside, whilst his gardener was busy loading up our Impatiens seedlings which we’d planted in our piece of garden next to the road. What a cheek!! I’m afraid that here, anything that can be stolen, will be. 😦

    2. And I only thought that things like that happen in Manila, well, people will steal anything just because there is much poverty and hunger there.

      That was utterly rude. If that man could afford to hire the services of a gardener, he should be able to pay for some seedlings.
      I feel angry on your behalf.

  4. My favorites!!, I love it when they get to be almost a tie dye blend:) have three that are living, need to weed the garden as they are taking over and let my beauties thrive;) very nice my friend;)

    1. Thank you. 🙂 I got those tie-dye blend one year. They did look good in the photos with the changing hues just in one bunch. 🙂

  5. I agree – the flower is beautiful no matter what colour it is. Interesting how the colour changed when you added coffee grinds 🙂

  6. I was about to comment about the acid in the soil, but I see you already know all of this! I love the delicate changes to the colour of your hydrangea, so beautiful. You know your gardens Imelda! Have a great July 4th my friend 😀 😎

    1. I read about that piece of article when I was planning to plant a hydrangea and didn’t know how I could go about it. My absolute favorite color is deep purple. I see bushes like that in the gardens in our area. However, I wonder now if that is just the breed of that one.

      I have a plant that was maroon when I ordered. Now, it gives a much lighter color – I think it is now pink, too. I will see how it changed once the flowers bloom. 🙂

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