Category Archives: celebration

White hydrangea

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Yesterday my neighbour told me that the hydrangea bush which adorns one corner of my front garden was there when she and her husband moved into their house 52 years ago. I think that deserves a celebratory portrait.

I call it a white hydrangea, but the young flowers are bright lime green, opening to dazzling whiteness and changing in late summer to dusty green and pink. Or pink and green, depending on the weather. In a good season the coloured mop heads are huge and dry well for winter decorations.

This year, I think the rain will probably spoil the flowers somewhat. But there will be more next year and every year until, after I’m gone, someone decides to destroy the garden to make car-parking spaces. I must take cuttings sometime…



I found out on Halloween that it’s not easy taking pictures of fireworks with a handheld point and shoot camera even when you discover the “firework” setting. Still, given the technical difficulties, I’m pleased enough with this image to publish it as my Guy Fawkes Night post. I’ll try again tonight if anyone lets off fireworks near enough to my house – I need a lot more practise!