Monday, August 19, 2013

Pink Purple Hydrangea - Lin Frye

Pink Purple Hydrangea by linfrye ..
Pink Purple Hydrangea, a photo by linfrye .. on Flickr.

12" x 16"
Arches 140#CP

Funny thing about hydrangeas - at least these old fashioned, snow-ball types -- they respond to the pH in the soil by showing their flowers as more pink for more alkaline soil or more blue if the soil is more acidic. This year, the same hydrangea that has been happily blooming a marvelous blue/purple had blooms of pink, blue, almost white and purple! I think it was having an identity crisis!

I have a new variety though, the name escapes me now, that is growing about 3 feet from this shrub that remains pink no matter the soil type. The blooms are far more delicate and paler -- but it is definitely always pink. I have too a smaller shrub of hydrangea, lace cap, that showed more blue this year and it resides right next to my 'old fashioned.' Go figure. Watching the appearance of the flower colors was like watching someone wearing a 'mood ring!'

Been a rainy weekend and a good catch up after several intense weeks ...Sun should be returning along with warmer, more typical temperatures.

Have a great week!

Lin Frye


  1. Hydrangeas are such generous flowers -- with color, structure and permanence. I have some drying now to keep me company through the winter. This is a lovely painting. You capture all their beauty.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. One of my favorite flowers, these are beautiful!


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