Hydrangeas In Winter

Blue Hydrangea in the snow

It snowed again overnight. Flakes falling silently outside my window as I write make the world look enchanted, but I’m more inclined to keep warm with a cup of coffee than to venture out. Instead, I’ve dug out these pictures from the first snowfall we had at the start of winter, before the hydrangea flowers all gave up the ghost and turned brown.

The blue hydrangea is for Becky’s SquareUp as the snow is trying to cover up the mopheads. Continue reading “Hydrangeas In Winter”

Hardy Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum)

Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis' - hardy mum
Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’

The most widely grown hardy (or heritage) mum is Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’. It was discovered by Amos Perry in 1929 at Happy Valley Gardens in Llandudno, Wales, where my sister and I often played as children. (Not in 1929, I should add.)

Despite its roots, I see Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’ far more often in Mississippi than I do here in the UK. It’s a very distinctive variety with luminous pale pink flowers with a touch of lilac. Continue reading “Hardy Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum)”