Hydrangea 

Ajisai as they are known in Japanese) or hydrangeas (English) or Saxifragaceae (Latin) grow in light woodlands throughout Honshu, especially in Kanto and on the Izu coasts. There are mop-headed ones and there are lace-cap ones called gaku-ajisai. Gaku means picture frame. The tall climbing white ones are no. 1 most popular at the moment (according to a nearby florist) and they look really good above a picket fence. I thought it would be good fun to see how many shades I could pick out so here they are in gradation below (also note they have many petal shapes, whorly or flat or lacy). I am growing a deep red one which is bloom right now but I haven’t had a chance to photograph it yet. Click on the thumbnails for larger pictures.

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Posted on April 26

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