|Lacecap courtesy of Danita Cahill|
Hydrangeas come in two flower types. One is called mophead flowers these are the large round flowerheads that resemble pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. Lacecap flowers have round, flat flowerheads with a center core of subdued flowers that are surrounded by rings of showy flowers. They are considered a shrub rather than a flower.
I had never seen these plants until we visited my grandparents in California. My grandmother loved fuchsias and hydrangeas. She had every color and type of fuchsia behind her house under a shaded portico. She watered and plucked the dead flowers off every day. When we visited we helped with the plucking. And of course there was always a treat of fresh fruit. While my grandmother took care of her flowers, my grandfather harvested fruit from his trees and bushes.We gorged ourselves on apricots, peaches, oranges, figs, and berries while we visited. And always took home a box of something.
But the hydrangeas with their tiny flowers massed together in the shape of half a volley ball in light blue to
Playing outside at night even though we knew the bushes were there, it would look like someone was peeking over a bush when the moonlight touched the top of a mass of flowers. We'd huddle together, hoping to get in the house before the person caught us. Of course, in the house, we'd tell our tale of seeing someone behind the hydrangea bush. An adult would walk us over to a window to see that it was just the top most flower on the bush. Then they would have a good laugh. Silly us!
Do you have a flower from your childhood that brings sweet memories?
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