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Blue Lacecap Hydrangea

By pamelajean
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.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Hydrangea macrophylla normalis Deciduous shrub

Voters: gary_d, Jasper87, lifesnapper and 73 more

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
19 Mar 2012 6:39PM
Blue or pink its still a beautiful flower and well taken too. - gary

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Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
19 Mar 2012 6:47PM
That is sharp. I used to put nails and things that rust, in the soil around the plant to turn it blue.

19 Mar 2012 6:52PM
Gorgeous image Pam, whatever the colour.

John Smile
Cor 9 Belgium
19 Mar 2012 7:07PM
Superb +++++
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
19 Mar 2012 7:10PM
A lovely image Pamela..........Sandy
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 7:20PM
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.
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
19 Mar 2012 7:26PM
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.

Alvar 11 23 2 France
19 Mar 2012 7:43PM
Beautiful imageSmileSmileSmile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 7:54PM

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
19 Mar 2012 8:33PM
Lovely detail Pamela - I like the beautiful Blue central detail in this. To change Blue to Pink aluminium sulphate should do it.Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 9:20PM
Such a detailed shot Pamela, almost like little jewels in the centre
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 9:24PM
Round here we seem to have the pink variety rather than the blue- this is a beautiful capture Pamela SmileSmile
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 9:35PM
Simply sublime Pamela. Love it ! SmileSmile

PattiW 12 24 2 United States
19 Mar 2012 10:32PM
PERFECTION ! SmileSmileSmileSmile patti
xwang 8 56 8
19 Mar 2012 10:56PM
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...
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 11:02PM
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.
20 Mar 2012 12:09AM
A beautiful sharp image Pamela.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
20 Mar 2012 12:45AM
A fantastic image of the hydrangea! Lovely to look at!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
20 Mar 2012 1:08AM
Whatever colour it is now Pamela,
it is a super colour here !!
Excellent shot.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Mar 2012 5:50AM
A real beauty, Pamela, perfectly captured and presented. I have never been able to get one to stay blue, either Smile Carol
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 8:03AM
Not the easiest flower to capture, but you have done so perfectly - Carole
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
20 Mar 2012 8:30AM
Very nicely done Pamela yep Dave right on the nail Wink

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
20 Mar 2012 10:09AM
What a beautiful flowerhead. My hydrangeas look nothing like this. Superbly photographed with such sharpness and depth of colour.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Mar 2012 2:57PM
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
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 10:03PM
Fantastic, well deserved award!
21 Mar 2012 8:23PM
Lovely image Pamela. Excellent detail and colours.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
22 Mar 2012 2:53PM
Superb Pamela, looks exactly like the ones we have in our garden, red Devon soil here and we never add anything,
Niknut Plus
8 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2012 4:05PM
Ooooo....missed this beauty !!!

Cracking shot !, with gorgeous quality as always !!!!....that Fuji does you proud !!!!!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2012 6:37PM
A perfect capture excellent detail .
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2012 7:45PM
Excellent. Perfect presentation, colours and detail. A superb shot.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
23 Mar 2012 8:08AM
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.

beautiful image.ray
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
25 Mar 2012 10:20PM
Simply beautiful Pamela, love the colours and presentation
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 8:46PM
Thankyou for all your votes, and it has been a pleasure to read your comments, especially regarding the colour of the flower.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
4 Apr 2012 7:50PM
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 .
Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2012 4:39PM
Beautiful, its got a lovely nostalgic look to it.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Apr 2012 6:11PM
Excellent DOF...perfectly processed
Tibetan 5 3 England
25 Jul 2012 10:20AM
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.

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Nouche 2 4 Switzerland
26 Dec 2015 10:39PM
Absolutely gorgeous! love your work, so creative.
Thank you for your super tips and encouragment, not only a great artist but very generous.

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