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Hydrangeas in Japan vs. elsewhere

July 5, 2012

In June and July every year when hydrangeas are blooming, I become nostalgic for Japan. My friend Kaori posted a picture of this particular flower not too long ago, reminding me that the beauty of hydrangeas in Japan somehow outshines hydrangeas elsewhere.

Here are some of the prettiest American hydrangeas I’ve seen this summer. They’re a unique combination of colors within the same bloom, all the way from blue to pink in some cases.

American hydrangea, pink and purple in the same bloom

American hydrangea, blue, purple, and pink in the same bloom

Almost all blossoms this year are unusually small. I’m guessing this might be the result of getting frost unusually late, right up through June in some places.

If I were a competent photographer, I’d have taken thousands of beautiful pictures of hydrangeas in Japan. For now, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Or look at these lovely photos at Flickr, including:

hydrangea

あじさい道路

Hydrangea Hills

guardian deity with hydrangea

In case it wasn’t obvious by now, hydrangeas, especially the purple and blue ones, are by far my most favorite flower.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2012 1:31 am

    The color of hydrangeas is dependent on soil pH. The more acidic, you get blue. The more less acidic, you get pink. You can turn a pink one purple or blue by adding acidic fertilizer. It’s harder to go the other way. White ones won’t turn.
    Details: http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/colorchange.html

    • July 7, 2012 2:32 pm

      I’d always heard pH determined the color, but could never figure out why some plants have a range of colors — is it half in more acidic soil, half in less acidic? Very strange. Thanks for the link!

      • July 8, 2012 9:06 pm

        It’s probably a blue turning to pink. It’s hard to do and the results aren’t always stellar.

  2. July 10, 2012 11:00 am

    I share your love for the purple and blue hydrangeas 🙂 Each one is like a watercolor painting with their various shades of color.

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