Flower Photography: Blue Hydrangeas


Hydrangea flowers are produced from early spring to late autumn; they grow in flowerheads (corymbs or panicles) at the ends of the stems. In many species, the flowerheads contain two types of flowers, small fertile flowers in the middle of the flowerhead, and large, sterile bract-like flowers in a ring around the edge of each flowerhead. Other species have all the flowers sterile and of the same size.

In most species the flowers are white, but in some species (notably H. macrophylla), can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. In these species the exact colour often mirrors the pH of the soil; acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple. This is caused by a color change of the flower pigments in the presence of aluminium ions which can be taken up into hyperaccumulating plants.

There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas. Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads with a center core of subdued, fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy, sterile flowers. ~ Wikipedia

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  2. I love blue hydrangeas!

    Happy 1st Blue Monday, Cher! Check out my book giveaway.

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  3. this is an awesome center piece. love it.

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  4. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! It's beautful.

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  5. That is absolutely one of the most beautiful hydrangeas I have seen. You did a marvelous job on Blue Monday. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

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  6. very pretty blue Che, am sure Ms. Bluetiful will be filled with glee :)

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  7. The hydrangeas are beautiful, I love that shade of blue.

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  8. Awesome shade of blue!

    Carletta@Carletta's Captures

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  9. I did not know anything at all about that flower and the colors and season
    I prefer the color.... ALL....
    thanks
    nice sunday
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/04/the-white-roses-of-my-mother/

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  10. I love hydrangeas, especially blue ones. Happy Sunday.

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  11. Very pretty!

    It would be a delight to have you come and visit my flower post for today. Thanks!

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  12. Your lovely photo brings back memories of the amazing blue hydrangea bushes in our front yard when we lived in Atlanta, GA (USA). Here in north Florida, they do not grow as well, so we are enjoying all the plants (many of them new to us) that thrive in this climate.

    Thanks for all your delightful entries--especially liked seeing your daughter as she awaits the new birth in your family. Many blessings to all of you!

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  13. what a relief to see such a blue-tiful bloom. how are you doing Sistah? How's our little one inside doing? Kicking hard and strong I hope. Hugs to big sister Kyla. take care of yourself.

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  14. Hi Che, thanks for the visit and comment in my site, actually che, I am not only FB fasting, I really deleted my FB account. I still have not emailed the TSS gang about it, but I hope they won't think I un-friended them because they can not see my profile anymore, actually, the reason no one can see my FB profile there is because I deleted it. I may go back to it, but maybe after I am done with my credentialing program, I find I am spending so much time there and I really can not discipline myself, so, I disciplined myself literally, that is "out of FB" :( since I am afraid I will waste my 2 years of hardwork studying and preparing for my creds to naught. So, when the storm is over for me, if I find I miss it, I may go back to it, but if I find my life is better without it, I will not go back to it. Meanwhile, I am just here, still enjoying life despite struggling to meet so many deadlines. I am keeping my blog though since I do not really spend so much time in it, and my blog does not distract me, plus the happine$$ I get of keeping it knowing through it I am able to help better the life of worthy child, he will be in college soon na, so, saving for that one through my blogging happine$$ :)

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  15. I love the beautiful colour of this flowers!

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  16. Blue flowers are always special and yours is no exception.

    Love the landscape in your header.

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  17. cute lovely flowers..haven't seen these kind


    my flower entry

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  18. Such a vivid blue! I love the lace cut ones.

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  19. present twinzy! so love this..need i say why?:)

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