Here Comes Summer Solstice June 21 -2013

DSCF2853Here it is three days until the Summer Solstice -  Summer Solstice is first day of Summer – along with being the longest day of the year and the shortest night of the year.  Summer Solstice is the official kick-off to Summer and all the adventures before us, under the Sun.

Today started sunny and warm, then boom thunderstorms, lighting and rain.  Not enough to keep us in all day, not enough to bring out the worms.  But enough to make you slip in slide…..I must admit I did enjoy the pass to just putts around.  Sometimes the unexpected gifts are best!

I do want to share some photos of my favorite hydrangea  macrophylla : aka Big Leaf Hydrangea commonly called mophead hydrangea.  This hydrangea enjoys the sun to part shade, blooms from June till September, grows on its old wood and new wood.  The fun side to this hydrangea is that you can control the color of the blooms.  How?  Simply by deciding if you want blue flowers plant in acid soil.  If you want pink flowers keep the soil alkaline.  As you can see I decided on one blue and one pink.  I used this as a planting to back a border planting (as shown in photo). This is one variety of hydrangea, there are at least 100 varieties, climbers,shrubs.

Some others like oak leaf hydrangea – paniculata: “Strawberry Vanilla”, this hydrangea bears large creamy white flowers for two weeks, then begin to look pink,  from the pink the blooms become a deep strawberry color for another few weeks. It will begin blooming mid-summer till late summer.  Which means,  depending on the different stages of bloom the color will vary - imagine the wonderful colors on one plant.  Yum!

Another hydrangea that I just planted is hydrangea – paniculata: “Limelight,” this variety is similar to the oak leaf only in the fact the blooms begin a creamy color , changes with elongated blooms of chartreuse. This variety is hardy. No blooms yet, will share when they appear. 

There is one Native – hydrangea : oak leaf - arborescent : it produces rich blooms that begin white and mature into large elongated blooms.  This is more like a shrub, and hardy. 

Hydrangea really need to be in the right place – most varieties do well with morning sun and afternoon shade.  Always ask questions when purchasing a new plant for your garden…right plant ….right place..so important.

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DSCF2851As you can see, my hydrangea look to be enjoying this little bit of rain….until later, El

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