Do you remember the lovely mophead hydrangea that a friend bought us as a summerhouse warming gift?
It has been really beautiful but surprisingly it isn't the flowers that are the most attractive part of the plant. The tiny four petalled flowers sit in the centre of a ring of larger bracts and are fairly insignificant.
The bracts are modified leaves and it is they that actually provide the colourful display.
You may remember that, last year, I bought another type of hydrangea to plant in my white and blue border. I wanted hydrangea quercifolia which luckily a local nursery managed to source for me. (Sadly for us this nursery is closing at the end of September as the owners are retiring. With few 'real' nurseries remaining they will be very much missed).
Hydrangea quercifolia has pointed oak-like shaped leaves ...
and white flowers.
I'm really pleased with how this plant is growing as I didn't expect it to flower in its first year but it has produced plenty of clusters of 'flower' heads although the rain has spattered the bracts spoiling them a little.
The leaves of quercifolia should have good autumn colour but last year the leaves stayed green so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next winter.
PS - Only two more days left to enter the sudoku competition. Can you believe that it is almost August!!!