Thursday, June 4, 2009
The Elusive Blue Hydrangia
This hydrangea is a rare sight in a Southern California garden. Because our soil and water is on the alkaline side, the ph level necessary for blue hydrangeas is rarely ever just right. Even if I use supplements to alter the ph, the best I seem to ever do is get a lavender bloom (although I must confess I am not that diligent about adding suppliments). I crave those big blue blooms that I've seen in southern gardens where huge bushes dominate the landscape, but either I need to move or be more diligent in manipulating my soil. This one was blue when I purchased it and it was in the house for a couple months and my guess is that the blooms had already formed before it got moved into the garden. I will just have to enjoy it while it lasts because I suspect it will be a lovely pink next year!