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Sunday, September 21, 2014

endless summer hydrangea




August 2014
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.

Blessings,
Pam

36 comments:

  1. sounds like you had a great weather for one last hurrah. beautiful blooms, even if they come with tiny residents.

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  2. Lovely day and weather to end summer. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, I love the colors. Lovely post, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  3. Beautiful! Mine did not bloom at all this year, don't know why.

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  4. Ewwww, a spider. Cool pick. Oh how I love hydrangeas. I wished to have a few flowering hydrangeas one day. Yes, Autumn is upon us. Can you believe it Pamela.

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  5. It's nice to enjoy the last day of summer and your beautiful deck. I love hydrangeas....they are my favorite flower! I love all of the shades of lavender and blue. Enjoy your week! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  6. Hi Pam
    I think today was Indian Summer for us - it was beautiful. I hope Hydrangea Endless Summer continues to perform satisfactorily for you. Most of us here have pulled them out for the extreme cold of winter kills the buds and they're not blooming or perhaps only putting out one flower. There are lots of others that overwinter just fine so I don't miss ES but do remember its beauty the first year I had it.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  7. Hydrangeas are such beautiful flowers, in summer and onwards into fall. Your photos are lovely. Spiders are finding their way indoors here, too. I don't like it one bit. On this end of the country the weather was beautiful, too. We went kayaking this afternoon.

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  8. The hydrangeas all over town are so beautiful just now. Makes me wish I had one, too. The colors of yours are lovely; it would be interesting to pull the colors at PicMonkey. Yes, spiders everywhere...ugh. It was the warmest it has been in a while today; sadly, it rained all day, too. How nice to have a last summer meal on the deck—hopefully, you'll have plenty of pleasant autumn days to enjoy on the new deck.

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  9. I think hydrangeas just might be my favorite flower in the garden and in the house too. Although those spiders I can do without. Ugh!
    Whoever thought to create the Endless Summer variety had a fabulous idea to enjoy the beauty even longer. Your mosaic is lovely. I adore the blue, but I also enjoy the pretty fall shades.

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  10. Beautiful Hydrangeas, this might be one I've not got and I think with the lovely colours they produce I'll be getting a couple just because I need fall colours. Although if I'm away I can't enjoy them, oh poo, I mean spider!

    I brought my fairy gardens inside and set them on a craft table in front of the window and ended up with spiders as well. They sure can spin overnight. - take care

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  11. Your hydrangea is beautiful. I have tried more than once, more than twice to nurture an Endless Summer, but to no avail. You must have the touch.

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  12. You do have lovely hydrangeas. I have seen some beautiful bushes this summer - but I don't believe they are lasting quite as long as yours!!

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  13. What a gorgeous Hydrangea . . . Love it!

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  14. I love hydrangeas and in my next home hope to have a few, as well as roses, of course!

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  15. I will have to look for this brand on hydrangea, Pamela, to plant next spring! Of course I would have to surround it with chicken wire so the deer don't snack on it as it grows. We had a very rainy summer, so I hope autumn will be drier.

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  16. OMG, your hydrangea is beautiful.
    I like it!
    Hugs from Hamburg
    Rivien

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  17. Lovely shots. They're little gems of late colour, hydrangeas. Last time we visited Wales, it was September and they were all over the place - never seen so many and there were so many different shades; beautiful.

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  18. Hi Pam! Oh, how nice it was to hear from you!! I've missed coming to see you. Now, I love hydrangeas and yours is just so beautiful. Love the blue color and it looks so pretty in your mosaic. I'm like you, I don't like spiders. I've found a few too here but they have to go bye bye! Hopefully I'll be back to a regular schedule soon.
    Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  19. Beautiful! In our area (Pennsylvania) no one's hydrangeas bloomed.

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  20. I really like the colour of your hydrangeas, Pam. It must be a pretty hardy plant to make it through your wintertime.

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  21. Oh happy sigh... You are so lucky with your hydrangeas.

    We had a couple of summers of blooms, and nothing since. Even though my husband has tried all "the tips."

    Oh sigh, I was never particularly worried about spiders. Until my doctor was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider... More than 2 months ago... And is still in pain. -sigh-

    Tessa~

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  22. Although it is cooler today, it is still warm here too so perhaps the warm weather will last a little longer yet. Lovely to see your beautiful hydrangea, I hope that it will keep going for many years for you. xx

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  23. I adore this hydrangea too especially for its fall color in bloom and leaf. And yours are a beautiful blue. Mine stay pink but I still love them.

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  24. HI Pam. Your hydrangea is beautiful. I love it when their colors are going to fade away. And I love the blues.Gorgeous.

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  25. That is a beautiful color combination!

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  26. I'm a big fan of hydrangeas. Your blue one is such a lovely colour but in my soil would likely be coloured pink as my soil is alkaline.

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  27. Love these flowers...hydrangeas are one of my faves and you know what? I don't have a single one! I remember going around asking folks I know for some of their dried blooms last year after seeing so many gorgeous images of them in fall arrangements. I must do something about that next spring! Gorgeous photos!

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  28. Hello Pamela, Your spider reminded me of the one I saw this morning in the corner of our bedroom ceiling. How did he get in here? But....the little critter is gone now, too!

    I love hydrangeas! I especially love your pictures of your gorgeous "Endless Summer"! What beautiful colors...especially the lavender and lime green. My big bush was pure white! What a sight .......but now they are turning pink. I have dried them before but they are so pretty in the front of the house. I am debating whether to pick them this year or not!

    Hope you are enjoying the first day of fall!

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  29. Pam, I love hydrangeas. They are such a versatile flower. I also have an Endless Summer bush and it does the same color changing that your's does, only it was more pink this year as I need to replenish my nails in the soil. I don't cover mine in winter. The snow piles on but it just snaps back up, at least so far. I am going to pick the remaining blooms now so I can start drying them..Happy Monday..Judy

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  30. Beautiful blooms, and it made for a gorgeous mosaic!!

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  31. Wow...I really need to plant my own hydrangeas. Love the color of yours.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  32. Your hydrangeas are beautiful, Pamela! I miss having any to dry because mine didn't bloom this summer...thinking it was the harsh winter, but who knows.
    Mary Alice

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  33. Pretty new header for Autumn Pamela - and it will arrive in less than half an hour! Have a wonderful one before your chilly Winter arrives!

    I had not a single bloom on my three big Endless Summers this Spring/Summer, due to the cold - for here - Winter. Usually I have hundreds of big blooms. But, believe it or not, right now they are bursting into bloom - an amazing sight for this time of year. Some are starting to turn mauve like yours so hoping to have some to dry. Glad you had a show this year and hopefully next year your plant will be even bigger - they are spectacular and I want to add more to the garden…….if I can find some spaces!

    Happy week - Mary

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  34. The blooms are really pretty.
    I've never been able to keep my hydrangea's living.

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