I have this whole bank of Nikko Blue hydrangeas which I absolutely love, love, love. My plan was to try and duplicate the garden of Penny McHenry, founder of the American Hydrangea Society. Years ago, there was an article and photo spread of this women’s garden, aptly named “Hydrangea Heaven” in Southern Living magazine. Honestly, as I remember it, the pictures in the magazine were much better than what’s on the website. It was so inspiring. But anyway, I haven’t achieved that level of excellence, maybe some day. If I ever get to visit Atlanta, her garden will be on my list to see, if possible.
But I digress.
One of these is not like the other:
I planted these years ago and they’ve always been blue. This flower is the only one that is pink. Every other one on that bush is blue. I might understand it a little better if the whole bush were pink, but to my knowledge we haven’t put any chemicals around there that would change the acidity/alkalinity of the soil.