Well, they say that it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and the winds that have brought the rain to our summer have been a blessing to the hydrangeas. Yesterday we visited the Hillier Arboretum just outside Romsey and saw the most magnificent display of Hydrangeas I have ever seen.
I’m not the world’s greatest fan of hydrangeas-I associate them with suburban gardens and over manicured plots, but after yesterday I think I have become much more of a fan.
Okay, I have got a hydrangea n my garden, given to me by dad and therefore of sentimental value, but I have to say I have nothing like some of the plants we saw. The soil at the arboretum is acid (mine isn’t) and the range of colours was stunning. I knew soil conditions affected the colours of the flowers, but these conditions were just perfect-a sheltered warm spot, with plenty of trees to provide some shade and of course, the abundant rainfall.
The hydrangeas are planted over a fairly extensive area, very pleasant to walk through and we witnessed every shade of blue and pink, from the palest to almost black, although I was not especially keen on the darkest plant. I do, however, love the lace caps, as you can see in the following pictures.
I was also very taken with this beauty,
I’m less of a fan of the pink hydrangeas, …..