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Hydrangeas in October

hydrangeas in october

October 12, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bee and Hydrangea

bee and hydrangea

September 11, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Frosted Hydrangea

Frosted Hydrangea

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Late Flowering


The foliage of this flower, which I pass as I am going out the back gate, is  cadmium red and maroon tined with oxide of chromium green, but the hydrangea flower, which I had originally tagged as a rhododendron, has kept its greeny-white bloom unmarked by rust, and it shines out against the little gold leaves of the background plant. I used to think hydrangeas were commonplace flowers, but think this no more. Today I had a big wasp flying groggily around the studio, quite on its last wings, I lifted it off to the damp outdoors. We cleared out a cupboard and found a tiny daddy-long-legs in an old soup tureen. But these are remnants of insects. There was the sound of feet skittering away in the attic; but they have now ceased, hopefully we won’t have our waterpipes chewed this year. Blackbirds are back in the garden, so when I throw out the apple cores, by the next day they are quite eaten away.

November 16, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tony’s Garden: An Unusual Hydrangea


This is just the prettiest thing, that’s why I took its portrait. The pink blush is its latest delicate flourish. It grows in a pot on the decking, near the pond. Nearly all the wild flowers have gone, or gone to seed, but the hydrangeas still flourish in the September air, with its chill and threat of damp upon it, even on fine days.

The word: HYDRANGEA: 1743, coined in Modern Latin by Linnaeus, derived from the Greek “hydor”  meaning water,  and “anggeion”, meaning vessel or capsule, named for the shrub’s cup-shaped seedpods.

Hortensie, Ortensia, Hortensia.

There are other etymological definitions on the internet, and other translations. It makes on realise how debateable, or at least variable, explanations can be.

More hydrangeas are in the garden. The colours change, from the soil, from the age. Delectable flowers. But this is my favourite.

September 10, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments


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