Hydrangea: The “Water Barrel” Flower

Our hydrangeas didn’t bloom last year, possibly because of a late frost.  This year, all of the hydrangeas are in beautiful bloom.

The name hydrangea comes from the Greek hydor which means water and angos which means jar or vessel.  This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the cup-shaped flowers and the plant’s need for plenty of water.

Most hydrangea flowers are white, or at least they start out white, and then change color depending on the ph of the soil.  Because our soil is acidic, our flowers are blue or are combinations of blue and white.

We have one lacecap hydrangea…

Lacecap Hydrangea

 

But all of the others are known as mophead hydrangeas…

 

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Love hydrangeas! Mine never last 3 months :-(…I guess the Florida weather does not suit it well.

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    1. Maybe it’s too hot in Florida? Hydrangeas have been one of my favorites ever since I was a child.

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      1. I guess our weather killed it. Got mine complete with blooms from Home Depot and after the blooms wilted the entire plant just shriveled to death.

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      2. That’s too bad. I guess it was the weather. 😦

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  2. these flowers make me believe in magic! 💕🌿🌸

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for following my blog. I’ve never been to Scottsdale, but I visited Tucson several times when I had relatives living there. (And a favorite magazine from my childhood was Arizona Highways.)

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  3. Amy says:

    Beautiful Hydrangea gallery! Love the first one especially.

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    1. Thank you! The first one is very delicate looking and so pretty.

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