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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Heirloom Hydrangeas



I still have the two hydrangeas that my Grandpa dug up and gave to me about 20 years ago. The picture shows the different colors on the same plant! My grandpas' hydrangeas grew and bloomed so beautifully in his yard. I wanted to try them in mine. He actually dug up three pieces of his for me to try. One died a couple years ago. Of course the other two have never been as beautiful as the ones were at his house but I keep them going because they are something he gave me. I feel like since he is gone now, it's like having a little bit of him still here with me.
My Grandma loved the color blue and the hydrangeas had tints of blues in them as well as pinks. She would absolutely love the new modern hydrangeas that are that deep dark blue. She loved anything that was blue. What a lot more to choose from now days!
I hope I can pass on a few pieces of my hydrangeas to my grandchildren someday.

13 comments:

Brenda Kula said...

You look way too young to have actually wanted hydrangeas 20 years ago! I know if you were in your twenties, that I can compare that with my own daughters, now 27 and 33, and they didn't even think of such things then! But what a lovely way to remember your grandparents now that they're gone. They will forever live on in your garden.
Brenda

Meadowview Thymes said...

So many memories come with Pass-alongs! Thanks for sharing yours!
Linda

garden girl said...

I love hydrangeas, have missed them since moving here and am considering rectifying that soon. How wonderful that yours come with such fond memories.

Lin said...

Hydrangeas are one of those plants that I like, but never think of planting. It is great to have pass-on plants, especially those with heart-strings attached! I sometimes find myself buying plants for my garden because they remind me of someone...carnations because my mother loved them. White roses for my daughter, etc. Do you do that, too?

Renna said...

Your's look much like mine. My neighbor across the street has the deep, dark blue ones. When looking at her's, I think I like them best; then when looking at mine, I like them best. Bottom line is, they are all pretty. :-)

cindee said...

Brenda,
I was just 27 ...20 years ago...I loved gardening though from the time I was a kid.(-: I have many great memories from going to garden shops with my dad and helping him plant his garden. I always did the mowing and helped pull weeds. I continued my mowing when I was a teenager for neighbors to earn extra money. I loved it. I still love to mow my yard. Even though I am allergic to grass...lol(-:

Meadowview, Pass alongs are the best kind of plants!!!! They always seem to grow the best too!!!

garden girl, I hope you can find a pass along hydrangea to fill that special place in your garden!!!!

Lin, I also have every kind of plant that reminds me of someone or a special event. My daughter also loves white flowers. Mainly daisies and white roses. My brother lovs cannas so I have several varieties growing so I can share with him. The list goes on... but its one of my favorite things to do...plant things that other people enjoy too!!!
renna, the dark blue ones are pretty and I do love them too. I have a solid blue one that should be blooming in the next few weeks. I agree they are all beautiful! Each one in its own special way(-:

Outer Banks Mom said...

They remind me of my great grandmother. She loved the blues ones too. Something about them is really nice, they're cheerful yet when you see a big one you know alot of years and love went into it.

Cori@SAHMbles said...

I love hydrangeas but know very little about gardening. I would love to plant some lovely blue/purple ones in the yard. Maybe next year.

Gail said...

They are very lovely flowers and I see them here and there in gardens but it is really dry here and they would require so much upkeep...maybe I can find a passalong from a gardening friend's garden...one that has stood the test of time in similar conditions. How wonderful to have these beautiful memories and plants from your Grandpa.

gail

Farm Chick Paula said...

WOW those are simply gorgeous!!
It's so nice to have a little something from your Grandpa!!

tina said...

You surely are an amazing 47 year old! I see you have some favorite hydrangeas too. They are special-and easy to pass along so be sure your grandkids get some cuttings of these. You can make them bluer by adding aluminum sulfate too if your soil is not acidic enough. They are beautiful they way they are though.

flowergardengirl said...

Hey, there are those hydrangeas! I remember us talking about them. Get some Espoma Plant Tone and it will be like giving them a vitamin. I remember us talking about the soil?? I didn't know at the time that you were such a grand gardener! I'm sure you know more than I. I do love Espoma's products to give a plant a boost if needed. It's organic too. You got to keep these going for your kids. Have a living memory is awesome.

cindee said...

Anna, I looked everywhere for that stuff!!! I couldn't find it anywhere here. I guess I would have to order it online. I did fertilize them with shultz the kind you mix with water. I also used miracle grow. It did help them a lot. I have been watering them more too. I will keep trying to keep them alive so I can pass them on(-: