IN THE FIELD: Monday Morning Delights

This past week, substantial storms blew through the area at dusk and late at night. We finally got much needed rain. Plants and trees have perked up, now that their thirst has been quenched.

This morning we left the house on our daily excursion with the dogs, and were captured by the sight of our Limelight Hydrangeas blooming in front of our house. We have been observing this particular shrub as it struggled through the heat of the summer. Over the last three days it transformed from flower buds beginning to open, to full blown splendor.

There must be some kind of bionic growth and bloom fertilizer associated with heavy thunderstorms.

  1. August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    It’s the wonderment of nature.

  2. August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    It sure is…it seems like overnight the flower heads burst open!

  3. August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m pleased you’ve had some much-needed rain. Maybe it’s like us when we quench our thirst – we feel perked up and energised once again 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      The rains have helped a bit, though the ground is still pretty dry. I think we need a few days of rain, then sun for a few days, then rain etc. I find it rather odd that watering with the hose does help, but when it rains the plants and trees react differently…for the better. Maybe rainwater is ionized or something.

  4. August 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Gorgeous in its complex simplicity!

    • August 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Great descriptive Anne! Oh how we love these bushes. We originally bought three, and after seeing how they bloom, the next spring we bought six more for the side yard! The blooms start out with a greenish tint, then turn pure white and in the autumn they get a pink or reddish tint before they dry to a light tan color. In the winter, the dried flower heads break off from the wind and dance on the snow.

  5. August 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Does it have any scent this flower?

    • August 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Yes it does, but it is very faint and delicate. It reminds me of lilac but not as sweet or pungent.

  6. August 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I was thinking much the same thing today. I can water parts of the lawn quite well in an evening with little visual effect, yet even a brief rain seem to turn things greener.

  7. August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Isn’t that the truth…Mother nature says “I appreciate your efforts, but I’ll take it from here”

  8. August 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Mother nature has her ways, doesn’t she? The hydrangea sure looks healthy and lush.

  9. August 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I didn’t think it would make it through the summer, but this one came back quite nicely. The bed where this one is planted keeps drying out faster than any other place on the property…not sure why.

  10. August 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Glad you finally got some rain to rejuvenate! Great shot!

    • August 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

      We sure did…and even more…well, WAY more last night. BIG BIG storms blew through and dumped 1.5 inches in a couple of hours! Weather folks said more today too!!

  11. August 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Hydrangeas are amazing shrubs — and nicely captures, too 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

      I never knew there are so many varities…I thought blue and pink were it…then we found these at the nursery. And they had a dozen or so others!

  12. August 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

    This is amazing… I loved it dear David, I wished to walk there in the morning…. Thank you, love, nia

    • August 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Nia, we’ve been challenged my this flower bed for years, but this year, things look really nice even with the lack of rain. Come on over and you can walk around anytime!

  13. Nandini
    August 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Ooooh fantastic green with ice on the top! Hehehe. Lovely flowers, and the photo is amazing! 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

      It’s like a handful of ice cream cones!!! Yummy!!!

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