|Top - Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', middle Hydrangea macrophylla 'Fuji Waterfall' and below Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha' 5 August 2022|
My Rosemary had a more tender heart than I have. When we decided to move, with my urging, five years ago from our large corner garden in Kerrisdale we had to play Noah and his Ark. We had to give plants away, donate some to the UBC Botanical Garden and take many to our daughter Alexandra’s garden in Lillooet.
What broke her heart and I believe mine is that we had 37 hydrangeas, many were species. In the end I picked the three you see in today’s scan 5 August 2022 even though this blog will appear in one of the empty spots in July as I did not blog for almost two months.
Hydrangeas do something to my somehow soft heart. I associate them as hortensias from our Buenos Aires garden in the late 40s and early 50s. Buenos Aires is at the same latitude as South Africa so we shared plants from there. We are lucky that here in Vancouver we can grow these more or less tender plants. The exception is the white flowered Hydrangea arborescens. Since it flowers from new wood this plant can suffer through a Lillooet winter and do just fine.
In Buenos Aires my grandmother and mother had some Filipino friends, the Moretas. There were many brothers and sisters. The men were named after biblical angels and the women after flowers. My fave Moreta was called Hortensia.
Hydrangeas are very easy to grow and have no pest enemies. Most can grow in deep shade. One of them, My double-flowered Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ can take lots of sun as this plant grows wild in the US State of Georgia. It is called quercifolia because it leaves resemble that of an oak (quercus).
I can discern a fresh scent in all hydgrangeas and some PG hydrangeas (Paniculata Grandiflora),we had several of them then, smell of honey when the pollen appears.