Two summers ago I purchased an Endless Summer blue hydrangea. When I bought it it had 4 blooms on it and last summer it grew about 5 blooms. This summer it bloomed quite profusely all summer long and I am so pleased with it. It's not a huge shrub and the interesting thing is that it grows completely new shoots or stems each spring. I protect it with one of those shrub tents in the winter as it's usually buried under snow - last winter it was under 3 feet of snow - and it survived for the best year yet.
The blooms have faded and changed to a soft mauve and purple hue with touches of lime green. They are quite pretty so I decided to bring one in and dry it. I put it on the window sill in the living room in an old mustard jar with a bit of water. I noticed the morning sun on it the other day so took some photos.
Then one morning the sun was shining on it as it was rising and I saw all these cobwebs glistening in the sun. Yikes. What kind of creature did I bring in here?? Well it was an itsy bitsy spider that had been very busy over night and perhaps for a couple of days building a great web all over this single bloom! Well, I don't like spiders in my house and I've been finding a few the past week as it's been cold and I think they are moving inside where it's warmer. I'd had enough of them this week so it was good bye to this one too. :(
I made a mosaic of this beautiful bloom and am joining Judith at "Lavender Cottage" for
MOSAIC MONDAY. Just click on the link if you'd like to visit or even join us.
Today was the last full day of summer. I can't believe Autumn officially starts on Monday. It was a beautiful end to the summer though as the temperature went up to 24C and it was sunny and warm most of the afternoon. In fact, we barbecued and ate our supper on the deck......probably for the last time this year.......for the first time in over a month. It was just lovely. The clouds have rolled in now and it will be raining overnight and into tomorrow but it will be warm and the rest of the week looks quite nice.
I hope you have a wonderful week.