It’s the day before Hurricane Irene is forecasted to slam into Long Island. I took advantage of the calm before the storm to give my plants a little pep talk. I wanted to prepare them for what Jim Cantore and the folks at the Weather Channel said we could expect. I wanted to encourage them to stand strong against the wind and the rain, that we would get through this together, and to rest easy that sunny skies will return. I was especially impressed with the Hydrangeas, all of which put on an outstanding show this summer. That’s why they were featured so heavily in many of the “Bloomin’ Update” posts.
Hydrangeas are my favorite flowering shrub. I love the fullness of their blooms, the variety of their colors, the look and the feel they bring to the landscape, and the length of time they hold onto the stem until their glory fades away. Now, in the waning days of summer with a hurricane breathing down our necks, I offer you a last look at some of my Hydrangeas, their vibrant colors now antiqued and slightly withered. We should all be fortunate enough to age this gracefully.