Same process as last week, even same scene, although you’d be hard-pressed to believe it. No, I didn’t tire of the cannas and rip them all out and replace them with hydrangeas in full bloom! Rather the two massed plantings live side-by-side, incongruously rather than unhappily. But such is the power of photography that we can edit out that which we don’t wish to include – and I’m NOT talking photoshop here!
I remember these hydrangeas -we call them wild mopheads- growing in the shade on the other side of the old barn from before I was three. Here they stand in full sun on a western slope and they flower their hearts out, although the blooms don’t last as long as they do in less relentless heat. But they are vast and plentiful, and that makes up for their rather aneamic colouring. As with the cannas, my next post will be on my many hydrangeas in all their gorgeous richness. But these daddies first showed us that this really is hydrangea country!