This is for everyone still waiting at the end of the day... Yep, it's Valentine Day. A day of hope and fear for those waiting for love...
I picked these overblown flowers in our garden last November. Unintentionally, certainly not meant for a Valentine bouquet. Simply because they are beautiful when they are blooming and maybe even more beautiful and delicate when dried at the end of the season.
Von Siebold and Taki had a daughter. Kusumoto Ine (1827-1903), the first female Japanese western physician and court physician to the Japanese empress. A love baby, what else do you need to appreciate these lovely flowers?
The name Hydrangea comes from the Greek 'hydor', meaning water, and 'angos', meaning jar or vessel. Roughly translated: 'a barrel of water'; a name that refers to the Hydrangea's need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flowers. The star shaped flowers are packed closely together as in a pompom. The Hydrangea's color ranges from white to blue, pink and purple; its color is determined by the acidity level of the soil. (Yep, that's why your blue Hydrangeas turn pink next summer...).
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