Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hydrangeas

 Normally my hydrangea bushes are lush with blooms all summer long and into the fall.

But this year, due to a harsh winter, there was beautiful, abundant, huge foliage....

with just a smattering of blooms in late summer and early fall.

I have five bushes and together they produced 10-12 flowers.

It was interesting to me how much I appreciated that smattering of blossoms.

Not that I didn't appreciate the huge bouquets from previous years.  I loved sharing the abundance of blossoms with my friends and relatives.

And I certainly enjoyed gathering huge bouquets to enjoy inside my own home.

I also had plenty to dry for winter bouquets.

In previous years the bushes were sometimes so loaded with flowers they looked crowded and weighed down.  I had them in vases everywhere in an attempt to keep the bushes thinned out.  This year every single flower had my attention.  It was nice of nature to tip the balance and remind me that too much of a good thing is not always a good thing.

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