Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lacecap Hydrangea

My first love of the hydrangea was the 

"Mophead" variety...those big, rounded blooms were unmistakeable in their appearance,

and caught my attention straight away!





Now, living here in the PNW, I'm starting to notice other varieties.




This is the Lacecap Hydrangea




...more delicate than their bold, Mophead relative.

Yet, still has a stunning statement to make.




A bumblebee's paradise.

A photographer's joy.



I simply couldn't get enough of this beauty this day.




 At home, near the coast, their colors blend so nicely.




Blue, lavender, purplish pink...




Lovely, lacy centers.









If only you could capture the tiny buds as they open.















I hope you enjoy these...

I know I got carried away!



Almost Friday my friends...



Becca



24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really, really pretty! you were able to show a lot more of the individual petals with these beauties.

Lisa Graham Art said...

GORGEOUS Becca. I love the calmness of their color and bloom. So so gorgeous.

How did you capture that bee so well?..amazing photography.

Caterina Giglio said...

pure gorgeosity and it is easy to see that you are in love...

Holly Loves Art said...

WOW the color is just amazing! Look at these beauties! I have always called these Grandma or Grandmother flowers because my Grandmother (and other friend's grandmothers) always had these in their front yards when I was growing up. I always thought they were so gorgeous.

Cynthia Eloise said...

they are beautiful, you captured some great shots with the bees. i have several in my yard, each very different, i love them.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such beautiful photos, Becca...I love the bees and the tiny buds!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are stunning plants, and those colors. You have done them justice with your photography.

I remember falling in love with a lacecap....love at first sight.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

bohemiannie! art said...

OMGoodness..they're SO breathtakingly beautiful!

Lisa Gordon said...

Becca, these are just beautiful!
Here, the lace-cap is called an Angel's Parasol hydrangea.
It is my favorite of the hydrangeas.

GardenofDaisies said...

No, you didn't get carried away. It just helps me pretend that I am standing in my Mother's garden. That is the kind of hydrangea that she has. I LOVE the laceheads. Their color is so incredibly beautiful!

Dianne said...

Just beautiful! Your photos are amazing!

Janelle said...

These are gorgeous flowers and great pictures.

erin said...

you seem to be embracing your lovely new surroundings just fine! i love the lacecaps...especially with a view of the water behind....beautiful images!
erin
xxoo

Justine said...

what an amazing selection, beautifully photographed

Tracy said...

Oh, the wonders of the hydrangea... so many varieties and colors to love! Our blue-purple hydrangea is in full bloom now. I will share photos soon! These images are a lift to see this morning. Happy Weekend, Becca ((HUGS))

Catherine said...

Such splendid color here today Becca!
Wishing you a happy weekend!
xo Catherine

Linda R said...

They are so pretty. I just love the colors.

Hugs~

Linda Walker said...

I just picked some hydrangeas today. I love them too!! You solved a mystery for me with your post. I have 4 different plants and I thought there was a problem with 2 that only produced lacey like blossoms. Now I know I have two different varieties, one of which is the lacecap. Mystery solved! Thanks for posting, Linda
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Becky Shander said...

So cheerful and beautiful and bursting with life.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Lacecap loveliness in all its glory. xox

Judy S. said...

Great photos of one of my favorite flowers! A friend just used the big blue flowers in an arrangement very effectively. Have you seen the oakleaf hydrangea? It's quite pretty too. We are headed off to the OR Coast for a few days.....

Kim Henkel said...

I too love hydrangeas...unfortunately too cold to grow them where i live (except indoors). Beautiful photos!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful flowers, I love that bluey mauve colour. Your pictures are so beautiful.

Linda said...

My favourite flower too...I can't stop photographing all the different varieties in my garden.
Yours are absolutely gorgeous .....love the last one especially.