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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4 thoughts on “Lovin the Limelight

  1. Limelight Hydrangea is one of my favorites. We got hit really bad with the winter in zone 5b and this was the only hydrangea I grow that wasn’t effected. I’ve cut back the blooms and brought them indoors to dry and use for Holiday decorations.

    I’m looking forward to your shares on your site – happy to connect via HGTVgardens.com Ask and Share board!

    1. They are quickly becoming mine too, Bren. I have about 20 hydrangeas in my home, 75% of them are the traditional macrophyllam and all but one of them did not bloom. I am glad to see the green leaves comeout thogh. It was a tough year for them and other shrubs here in southern Delaware (7b). My azaleas were also lackluster too. It happens! Thank you so much for visiting. LOVE LOVE LOVE HGTV Gardens!!

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