My favourite thing about hydrangeas is the blend of colours on a single flower. So, while fresh flowers have a particular type of loveliness, in some ways hydrangeas improve when Autumn throws a restraining hand on the foliage, adding pink, purple and yellow where there was only green.
The flowers both brighten and fade, losing some of their stiffness and gaining a more soulful air.
Since the effect of Hydrangea flowers comes mainly from their sturdy, colourful bracts, they outlast many other flowers, easing us northerners into the greyer landscapes to come.
Towards the back end of the year, flowers need not be perfect to stop us in our tracks: even sparse, moth-eaten ones get all their due credit. It was a treat to see these blue lacecap hydrangea flowers still going strong in the middle of November.
Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.