Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hydrangea Love

Hydrangeas...

I can never get enough of them, and this is the time of year they 

show off their moody blooms! 




I love referring to them as "moody blooms" because of their ever changing 

colors depending on the soil's composition.

This hydrangea at our house used to be completely blue and now the past couple

of years, it's given me a variety of color from deep blue to lavender and pink! 




Below is something I found online that describes the meaning & symbolism

of the hydrangea.  The name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning 

water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel.  Roughly translating the word to 

"water barrel," referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water. 


hydrangea

HydrangeaView our bouquets containing hydrangea >

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
HYDRANGEA

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, 


to this, 



and finally this! 




So, here it is, summer of 2015.  I wonder what surprises this moody bloom will have 

for me next year? 



I hope you enjoyed my photos, 

thank you for visiting me here. 

Becca