I know, all of my posts lately have exclamation points, but I get SO EXCITED when I see actual flowers outside!
It rained a ton here in Seattle last winter/ spring, then the summer has been super warm. I guess these were ideal conditions, because one day I went out into my backyard to find two huge, old-growth hydrangeas I had never noticed before! After I got over my initial shock and joy, I trimmed the back a little, fed them, and have been watering and shading them consistently to make sure they don’t get too hot. Now they are happy and sprouting more flowers than ever! I kid you not, this is an un-enhanced photo of their actual color. I have no idea how they got this way, and I don’t even know if you can tell the real scale of them from this photo. Each one is the size of a human head.