Lovin the Limelight

My hydrangeas took a horrendous hit this past winter. We had sustained cold blast, followed by a tricky warm period, which was followed promptly by another sustained cold spell. All but one of my macrophyllas and lace caps did not bloom this year.¬† Since I am so heavily invested in hydrangeas, I had a marvelous display of brown twigs to show off this year. This is a split photo showing 2014 atop 2013. Fortunately, there was green leafs at the crown and the plant did green out by summer’s end. It just didn’t bloom:

One of many hydrangeas that under performed in 2014
One of many hydrangeas that under performed in 2014

Fortunately my love for my mother’s favorite plant, caused me to diversify my hydrangea collection. I have two Oakleaf hydrangeas that did very well and were not affected by the late frost. Last year, I bought a Limelight hydrangea and its first year, it set out a couple of blossoms, but nothing spectacular. This year, my sole Limelight must have sensed my hydrangea deficiency, because it delighted me throughout the summer.

I didn’t detect too much lime in the limelight. The blossoms which arrived in late July and August looked like they came right out of a bridal catalog!

At first the limelight blossoms were almost a perfect white!
At first the limelight blossoms were almost a perfect white!
This limelight, close up with a macro lens, is fit for a bride, don't you think?
This limelight, close up with a macro lens, is fit for a bride, don’t you think?
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The panicles were bright and puffy
This limelight panicle showed just a feather's hint of pink
This limelight panicle showed just a feather’s hint of pink
This one demonstrated the signature subtle lime color
This one demonstrated the signature subtle lime color

I just had to bring them indoors to enjoy, using some variegated hydrangea foliage that did not bloom this year!

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I was conflicted in cutting and removing any of these blooms! As the ones that remained aged, they began to intensify their colors of lime and pink!

I think I have a new favorite variety!
I think I have a new favorite variety!

Yes, the summer of 2014 was less than spectacular for my reliable show-stoppers – the lacecaps and macrophyllas! So glad another hydrangea decided to hog the limelight!

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Knock Out Roses

We have several knock out roses in shades of deep pink and dark magenta. A rose is just a rose, but I enjoy going out and photographing them in their various stages of development, and on occasion I tinker with them in processing. Here are a few images of the roses I grow.

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Taken with my Nikon and a macro lens, i desaturated the vivid pink color into a muted rose. The decision made the image pop

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Rain changes the dynamic of how flowers are perceived. Immediately after the rain stopped, out I go with my camera. I Iove how the droplets cling to the petals
This rose is on its way out. I enjoy capturing the entire life cycle - not just the peak. There is an ethereal beauty to this rose's last attempts to hold on
This rose is on its way out. I enjoy capturing the entire life cycle – not just the peak. There is an ethereal beauty to this rose’s last attempts to hold on