IN THE FIELD: One Last Hurrah

Back in August I wrote a post about one of our Limelight Hydrangea bushes that was struggling to stay alive during the summer heat wave. After some nurturing from us and much needed rain, it bounced back with full vim and vigor.

When these flowers first open in late spring, the flower petals are pale green. Later in the summer, they change to a creamy white. And in the autumn season, the flowers turn a vivid pinkish tone, then fade to a light tan as the colder weather approaches. These are wonderful shrubs for the landscape and offer four season appeal. They do grow quickly but are easily managed, by trimming them back in the spring.

The flower heads are quite resilient to heavy weather and most of them will remain on the bushes throughout the winter. Rather than trim off the flower heads after they dry, we like leave them on the bush for some winter visual interest.

I took this photo late in the morning a few weeks ago. I used a tripod, electronic cable release, and the camera settings were f5.6 @ 1/125th.

  1. November 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Nice capture. Going to miss flowers 😦

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thanks T, It’s time for all of us to dig through the archives for florals…or head to the local greenhouse!

  2. November 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Oh this is a very pretty color.. And details are just wonderful! 🙂

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Nandini, I think I caught this bloom at just the right time, we’ve had some nightly temperatures below freezing and the blooms have faded.

  3. November 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Excellent photograph… Thank you dear David, love, nia

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Nia, it was a pretty morning that day and the light was wonderful.

  4. November 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Great composition: colour, repetiton of shapes, DOF, rule of thirds! Now that the weather has changed, a welcome respite from the present dullness.

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

      WOW! Thanks Jane for the wonderful kudos!!!! I’m due for a venture over to the greenhouses to brighten things up. I wonder what they have blooming…hmmmmmm

      • November 10, 2012 at 2:17 am

        Great idea! A nice respite from all the white and grey that I am experiencing-snowing the last 3 days, but beautiful!

  5. November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    The colors are absolutely brilliant, David! Vibrant colors like these are very much welcomed this late in the Fall.

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

      The light was beautiful that morning….I’ll see what I can due about more color to brighten things up!

  6. Jo Woolf
    November 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This is beautiful – I love the subtle colouring. Lovely lighting, too!

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Jo, there was a very light breeze that morning and when it would calm down, the sunlight would peek through the tree leaves above me, and allow just enough to brighten the flower head.

  7. November 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    How pretty, and how late in the year it is blooming!

    • November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I really like these shrubs…the blooms last for months and change color for added interest. Sadly, they have begun to fade to tan and light brown due to the cooler temps. We do have two others that are sheltered more and still have some color. Maybe this weekend when it warms up a bit I can get a few more shots

  8. November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Very pretty – and a welcome colourful sight!

    • November 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

      With all the storms we have been having lately the color was short-lived this year. But, there is always next season!

  9. November 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I’m with you about leaving the flowers on the bush. Love the color!

    • November 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

      We’ll leave the flower heads on till the spring…although by late winter there won’t be to many left. We basically live in a wind tunnel here and find them all over the yard LOL.

      • November 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

        There are not much left of mine from all the Nor’easter’s that we get during the winter either.

  10. November 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Lovely capture! These last two days have felt like winter. We got pounded with snow!

    • November 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Fergie, a little bit of fall color before it’s gone till next year. I did see that you guys got a huge amount of snow. I wonder if that is a hint of what’s coming later…

  11. November 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, this is a Limelight? I had no idea they changed color like that. Fantastic!

    • November 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      We fell in love with this variety…planted three in one of the front beds and three others in the bed alongside the driveway. This year they changed color more than ever before!

  12. November 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm


    • November 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      They sure are pretty…during ALL four seasons!

  13. November 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

    wonderful plant! I bet it makes you smile everytime you look at it 🙂

    • November 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

      It sure does! The flower heads have all dried and are crispy, but they are still enjoyable to look at. They will hold out through the winter till spring.

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