Friday, 20 September 2013

Hydrangeas - Hortensias....

.....and their colorful 'Metamorphosis'


 in May...




...mop-heads and lace-caps... June..



...and July...


...and August...


From white....

* pale green...


And now - in September....

...a daily/weekly change of colors....

Hydrangea flowers come from the genus hydrangeaceae
which has between 70 to 75 species in its family. 

 The name “hydrangea” originates from the Greek word-meanings water vessel.
 Native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia)
It is said that in the 18th century, the 1780's, 
Hydrangeas were brought to England 
and then they quickly became very popular  throughout Europe.   
In fact, many of today’s popular hybrids were originally propagated in France.

Hydrangeas grow in early spring and continue to blossom well into late fall.
 They are generally white in color; 
however, depending upon the soil in which they are raised, 
they may be blue, red, pink, or light or dark purple.



 According to folklore, 
if a witch put a curse on an unlucky man or woman 
the Hydrangea was often used to break the curse. 




 Hydrangeas can also symbolize gratitude and a heartfelt emotion.






In October (last year)...

from early October... late October...


October 2 years ago....


...what a change of colors,
what a pleasure - every year!


Photo source: internet

Blaue Hortensie
Rainer Maria Rilke, July 1906, Paris

So wie das letzte Grün in Farbentiegeln
sind diese Blätter, trocken, stumpf und rau,
hinter den Blütendolden, die ein Blau
nicht auf sich tragen, nur von ferne spiegeln.

Sie spiegeln es verweint und ungenau,
als wollten sie es wiederum verlieren,
und wie in alten blauen Briefpapieren
ist Gelb in ihnen, Violett und Grau;
Verwaschenes wie an einer Kinderschürze,
Nichtmehrgetragenes, dem nichts mehr geschieht:
wie fühlt man eines kleinen Lebens Kürze.

Doch plötzlich scheint das Blau sich zu verneuen
in einer von den Dolden, und man sieht
ein rührend Blaues sich vor Grünem freuen.

Fleurs dans Blue - Hydrangeas -- Nancy Medina
Fleurs dans Blue - Hydrangeas
painting by artist Nancy Medina


Blue Hydrangea 
Rainer Maria Rilke

Just like the last green in a colour pot
So are these leaves, withered and wrecked
Behind the flower umbels, which reflect
A hue of blue only, more they do not.

Reflections are tear-stained, inaccurate,
As if they were about to cease,
And like old blue notepaper sheets
They wear some yellow, grey and violet,
Washed-out like on a children's apron,
Outworn and now no more in use:
We contemplate a small life's short duration.

But suddenly some new blue seemingly is seen
In just one umbel, and we muse
Over a moving blue delighting in the green.

Translation © by Guntram Deichsel, 2003-12-03

Photo source: internet


Art: BLUE HYDRANGEA by Artist Marcia Baldwin
 Original Oil Painting by M Baldwin, c2006.


Wish you all a colorful Weekend!

A bientôt...


  1. Oh Karin,
    Hydrangeas .... my favourite, whatever colour they may be..... and, your photographs are beautiful .... I just love the way some of them change colour as the months go by. They always bring back memories of our son and daughter-in-law's wedding. They were married in October 2008 and hydrangeas were there in abundance. A post from you that means so much to me. XXXX

  2. Hello Karin

    The poem by Rainer Maria Reilke is a perfect accompaniment to your spectacular images.
    Stunning photos and paintings.

    Have a glorious weekend

    Helen xx

  3. Like jacqueline,Hydrangeas are my very favorite!+ they grow like trees in NW fla. where I grew up + they love the side of houses + they bring such wonderful memories with them. Thanks

  4. Bonjour chère amie,

    Comment ne pas craquer devant de telles merveilleuses photos et oeuvres d'art ?...
    Je ne sais pas si les hortensias viennent au secours des âmes à qui des sorts ont été lancées mais je dirai que, eux m'ont complètement ensorcelée !!

    J'adore les hortensias et ils nous font complètement oublier la grisaille bretonne... Ils sont si généreux dans cette région.

    Gros bisous à vous et merci pour votre gentil message.