Flowers are at their best when they are at their peak. The blooms are at their most beautiful color, the petals are fresh and supple, and, if there is a fragrance, it is at its most robust. However, there is beauty in the evolution of a bloom. From the tight buds reaching up through the foliage to slowly reveal their color to the first flush of color when they first begin to open.
That first burst of color is refreshing because of the newness of all the petals. The blooms exude color and every corner is fresh and lovely.
Some blooms bring forth a clear white when they first open...
...or even a muted white...
Then, slowly, over time the petals change color.
The petals begin a slow change as that first blush of color begins to transform.
The blush of pink deepens to a true pink.
Some bloom in various colors next to one another.
The evolution continues as the white begins to fade to a very light lime green.
And then darkens to reveal a slight blush on the edge of the petals.
Even as the blooms fade they offer beauty and interest in an almost dried cluster.
Hydrangeas have been my favorite flower/plant for a couple of years. I am mesmerized by their constant charm in all of their evolving stages. I find myself often stopping whatever I am doing and admiring their elegance, delicacy, and grace. I came to love hydrangeas later than many. It was not until I actually began to grow them in my garden a few years ago that I discovered the depth of their allure. Now, they will forever be a favorite as I watch them offer me one of the most exquisite shows in nature.
I am joining Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk for Word for Wednesday, Evolve. Wander over and see how others have interpreted the word, evolve.
©Michelle A. Potter
* William Shakespeare