My absolute favorite flower, ever.
I'm pressing Chris to bring me some dry ice because the only way to preserve them really well is to flash-freeze them.
Hydrangeas thrive in really acidic soil; I had no idea of this when I planted them; I just stuck my favorite perennials in the dirt: Crape Myrtle, Rose of Sharon, azalea, hardy southern hibiscus, and lavender. Honeysuckle hangs over the fence and in the early morning and dusky evening the smell outside absolutely intoxicating.
I love how when the hydrangeas bloom the color creeps inward from the outermost edges of the petals: it starts soft and increases in intensity. They really are that pink; aside from sharpening the photo, I didn't saturate the color of the petals or mess with the hue at all. They're so bright they almost look fake.
Thus concludes the Martha Stewart portion of your weekly programming.