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Well, it WAS blue when I bought it, but has been pink ever since.
I have been reading about changing the colours of hydrangeas and apparently I have to control or alter the pH of the soil, which is easier if the plant is in a container. Suggestions include aluminium sulphate, organic matter, powdered limestone or wood ash.
It used to be in a container, but I planted it in the garden last year, so it may have to stay pinkSmile.

The lacecap hydrangea (hydrangea macrophylla normalis) has a rich blue flattened head, and the clusters of small flowers are surrounded by larger flowers on the outer ring.

Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:9mm
Aperture:f/3.6
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7step
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
Metering Mode:pattern
Flash:no flash
Title:Blue Lacecap Hydrangea
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:19 Mar 2012 - 6:34 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Deciduous shrub, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Hydrangea macrophylla normalis
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Votes:75
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gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 6:39 PM

Blue or pink its still a beautiful flower and well taken too. - gary

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 6:47 PM

That is sharp. I used to put nails and things that rust, in the soil around the plant to turn it blue.

Dave

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lifesnapper
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19 Mar 2012 - 6:52 PM

Gorgeous image Pam, whatever the colour.

John Smile

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Cor
Cor  6 Belgium
19 Mar 2012 - 7:07 PM

Superb +++++
Cor.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 7:10 PM

A lovely image Pamela..........Sandy

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8776 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 7:20 PM

Dave has given you the answer - well it served my grandfather well.
I like this. Hydrangeas of all sorts tend to look heaven and lumpen, clumsy, from a distance. Up close they are totally different.
Moira

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  9 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 7:26 PM

A beautiful image.
So well taken and worked to the blue b/g.
I was going to say about rusty nails too, but I couldn't recall
whether that made them pink or blue, lol.

B.

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Alvar
Alvar  8 France2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 7:43 PM

Beautiful imageSmileSmileSmile
Alvar

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franken
franken Plus Member 123586 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 7:54 PM

Lovely!

Ken

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bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 101977 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 8:33 PM

Lovely detail Pamela - I like the beautiful Blue central detail in this. To change Blue to Pink aluminium sulphate should do it.Smile
Brian.

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 9:20 PM

Such a detailed shot Pamela, almost like little jewels in the centre
beautiful
Lillian

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 9:24 PM

Round here we seem to have the pink variety rather than the blue- this is a beautiful capture Pamela SmileSmile
Helen

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posty57
posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 9:35 PM

Simply sublime Pamela. Love it ! SmileSmile

Barry

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PattiW
PattiW  10 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 10:32 PM

PERFECTION ! SmileSmileSmileSmile patti

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xwang
xwang  631 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 10:56 PM

Beautiful blue colour, excellent detail. I was given a plant when I was a child. I don't know the name, something like 'five coloured..' the flower changes colours from the beginning to the end, very interesting.
I don't know much about plant, but I agree with you about pH of the soil. I watered the plant with cold tea once for a while..the plant changed into tea colourGrin...

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1742 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 11:02 PM

Rusty nails, eh? I'd better go and see mikbee.

I am truly grateful to Patti for honouring me with her User Award....thanks, Patti.

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20 Mar 2012 - 12:09 AM

A beautiful sharp image Pamela.

Len

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taggart
taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 12:45 AM

A fantastic image of the hydrangea! Lovely to look at!

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mikbee
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20 Mar 2012 - 1:08 AM

Whatever colour it is now Pamela,
it is a super colour here !!
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 5:50 AM

A real beauty, Pamela, perfectly captured and presented. I have never been able to get one to stay blue, either Smile Carol

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CaroleS
CaroleS  5258 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 8:03 AM

Not the easiest flower to capture, but you have done so perfectly - Carole

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Briwooly
Briwooly  9452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 8:30 AM

Very nicely done Pamela yep Dave right on the nail Wink

Brian.................

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20 Mar 2012 - 10:09 AM

What a beautiful flowerhead. My hydrangeas look nothing like this. Superbly photographed with such sharpness and depth of colour.
Chris

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TrevBatWCC
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20 Mar 2012 - 2:57 PM

You could re-colour it in PS using the Colour Replacement Tool Brush! Wink It looks very beautiful whatever the colour though, Pamela Smile
Trev Smile

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brownsilent
20 Mar 2012 - 10:03 PM

Fantastic, well deserved award!
Johanna

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21 Mar 2012 - 8:23 PM

Lovely image Pamela. Excellent detail and colours.

Jane

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FeatherFriend
22 Mar 2012 - 2:53 PM

Superb Pamela, looks exactly like the ones we have in our garden, red Devon soil here and we never add anything,
Geoff.

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Niknut Plus Member 51031 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2012 - 4:05 PM

Ooooo....missed this beauty !!!

Cracking shot !, with gorgeous quality as always !!!!....that Fuji does you proud !!!!!

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bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2012 - 6:37 PM

A perfect capture excellent detail .
Rob

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Billyray
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22 Mar 2012 - 7:45 PM

Excellent. Perfect presentation, colours and detail. A superb shot.
Ray

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ChiliMan
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23 Mar 2012 - 8:08 AM

What an astounding image, Pamela. So sharp and lush and full of detail! Presented beautifully too.

I've ever seen this sort of hydrangea with those tiny blue things in the middle. It's gorgeous.

Andrew

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25 Mar 2012 - 11:05 AM

beautiful image.ray

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25 Mar 2012 - 10:20 PM

Simply beautiful Pamela, love the colours and presentation

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1742 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2012 - 8:46 PM

Thankyou for all your votes, and it has been a pleasure to read your comments, especially regarding the colour of the flower.
Pamela.

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Mavis
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4 Apr 2012 - 7:50 PM

Powdered Lime Pamela ??? They really like acid soil to stay blue, you can get a special feed while they are in containers . I only get pink ones these days Smile A lovely capture anyway xxxI had one year's ago by my back door. We didn't have tea bags then but every morning after breakfast I poured the remains of the teapot on it. Matthew thought it was a tealeaf plant ! Smile I called it Skyblue -pink because I had both colours on one plant .

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Shellio  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2012 - 4:39 PM

Beautiful, its got a lovely nostalgic look to it.
Shell

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annettep38 Plus Member 4210 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 6:11 PM

Excellent DOF...perfectly processed

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Tibetan
Tibetan  3 England
25 Jul 2012 - 10:20 AM

Very nice love it! I have quite a few all in the ground, and this one of yours same colour as now except! half of it has gone white?, good detail nice one let them look after themselves,and nature will take it's course.

Once I was Rich! but now I am poor but!in many ways I'm richer than I was before. L.J.Arditti. it's it's true.

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