First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s color ranges from white to blue to pink and purple, determined by the acidity level of the soil.
There remains some debate over the hydrangea’s symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver’s gratefulness for the recipient’s understanding. Still others suggest it represents anything that’s sincerely heartfelt. Despite this variation in flower meaning, there appears to be an overwhelming consensus that this 4th wedding anniversary flower possesses enduring grace and beauty.
I'm glad I was able to take the time to photograph these blooms because with
this heat wave we are having in Seattle, they won't last long.
I shot these images one morning right after I watered them.
Notice the bottom right...one of the blooms is divided down the middle
with lavender on one side and pink on the other.
This blue is still my favorite.
Look at this! As I was shooting I noticed this flower that was white. I'm guessing
it will change to the pink that surrounds it.
Isn't it lovely how different they can all be?
That this stunning flower can go from this,
and finally this!
So, here it is, summer of 2015. I wonder what surprises this moody bloom will have