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rachelbrooks

The garden is a love song...a duet between a human being and Mother Nature 🎶👩🏻‍🌾🥀

Hydrangea

  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2018
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rachelbrooks

A bush full of pink balls that go on and on for months, that you can then dry and display indoors over winter too. What’s not to love? 🤷🏻‍♀️🌸💕🌸 #longflowering #hydrangea

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scaryskates

Oh so that's what a hydrangea looks like I thought he rode a horse and wore a mask and got baddies, well you live and learn ☺

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rachelbrooks

Well if Silver 🐴 was 17-18 hands high then you’d be right...he’d be a very hydrangea 😉 @scaryskates hope he doesn’t get vertigo 😁

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ShelleySnyder

So then you're having a love affair Rach!😂😉💘😍

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Williamson

Lovely Rachel 😊❤❤

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angiecrazycatlady

Lovely you just can't beat hydrangeas for full on flower power 😁

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kimguy

I love the color!!!

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Keely

A real trooper you can rely on 💓💓💓

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juliesgarden

Gorgeous chuck 💖💖

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nashj

Stunning

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nashj

Stunning

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rachelbrooks

A long standing one with this Shelley! 💕Can’t imagine my garden without one...or two...☺️😉 @ShelleySnyder

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2017
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rachelbrooks

Hydrangeas do #fadedbeauty so well! 💕

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jacaranda

Have you seen the hydrangea photo posted by @mariomartins Rachel? You’d love it 😊 @rachelbrooks 😘

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susanhumphrey333

They certainly do Rachel 💕💕💕

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rachelbrooks

I haven't Barbara...I'm behind today so I'll go and have a look! 👍🏼🌸 @jacaranda

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clipperty

Just 👌🏻x x

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rachelbrooks

#easygrow Another macrophylla, this time in a container (the bath) and in a much sunnier spot. Does ask for a bit more water but other than that it just gets on with it 💚

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Keely

Beautiful 💚💚💚

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susieg

I'm s sucker for a hydrangea - especially a white one 👌

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Jasonsparkes1

So beautiful 💚 and the young lady's clearly enjoying her bath!!

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Keely, I cannot believe how big this has got in a year! 👏🏼💚 @Keely

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rachelbrooks

Oh me too Susie 💚 it's just starting to turn it's dusky pink now too, so two for the price of one 💕👌🏼 @susieg

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Jase and I think maybe the water was a bit cold...she feels a bit nippy! 😉 @Jasonsparkes1

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nessas

She just looks perfect 💟💟

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susieg

The perfect colour combo 👍👍👍

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katgreen

Gorgeous 😍😍

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pauline33

She's definitely loving her bath 🛀❤️❤️

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rachelbrooks

Thank you Nessa, I'm really happy how the bath has turned out...not that you can see the bath! 🙈 @nessas

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rachelbrooks

#easygrow Good ol' Hydrangea macrophylla - doesn't ask for much...a bit of water and a nice haircut once a year and she's happy 🌸🌸🌸 this one gets a bit of sunlight in the morning and a little in the afternoon (when we have it!) and seems to thrive here 💕

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Keely

Beautiful 💕💕💕

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pauline33

She looks very happy 😊🤗💕💕💕

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lexijane

Morning luv. She's a beauty 😍

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Jasonsparkes1

Lovely 💖

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rachelbrooks

Thanks lovely, so many flowers this year and still more coming! 🙌🏼🌸 @Keely

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rachelbrooks

I took a few of the older stems out this year Pauline and she seems to have liked it 👍🏼🌸💕 @pauline33

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rachelbrooks

Afternoon doll, thank you - can't imagine the garden without her! 💕🌸 @lexijane

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Jase 🌸💕🌸 @Jasonsparkes1

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susanhumphrey333

Gorgeous Rachel. Forgot to say I had a look at the special offer you mentioned, but the delivery date falls right in the middle of our holiday, so I decided to leave it for now. Thanks anyway 😊

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Sue, and no worries...didn't expect you to buy them! And now where you off to? 🙄🤔😂 @susanhumphrey333 PS How's Grandman doing? x

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susanhumphrey333

I would have done as it was a good offer and will definitely be buying more. Grandman is really good thanks. He must have been suffering with anaemia for a while now. I thought it was just old age creeping up when he started to slow down. The strong iron tablets he's on have worked wonders 👍 Just hoping his tests all prove negative now. Sorry. I sometimes want to keep quiet about our hols as I feel a bit guilty 🙄 All being well with Alan we are going to where my daughter took me

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rachelbrooks

Cannot imagine my garden without this...so many different stages and colours on these flowers, just love it! 🌸💕 #hydrangea

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juliesgarden

Me too 💕

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Keely

Looks really healthy too my old one needs a really good cut back and miss a year of flowers as its really woody now and the hailstone and frost added to her upset this year 💕

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lexijane

Bootiful 💚💗💚💗

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rachelbrooks

I gave this quite a hack...I mean prune, earlier this year Keely, did most of it in one go but as it grew and came into leaf, I tidied it a bit more and it doesn't seem to have bothered it 👍🏼 saw a lot with frost damage, fortunately we didn't get any here, although they do seem to recover ok from that too 🌸 @Keely

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Keely

Thanks Rachel think Im going to do that early next year and start again 😊👍

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rachelbrooks

The first bloom appearing on the #pink hydrangea 🌸

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jadojado29

My pink hydrangea is a very light pink may go darker later will have to wait and see mi Amiga @rachelbrooks 😍😘

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rachelbrooks

It might well do Suz 👍🏼 this one changes colour so much from bloom to bloom and even in the same flower! I love it! It's like having several different plants in one 🌸💕@Jadojado29

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titchyfra

I love all the different stages too 🤗

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rachelbrooks

It's an amazing flower isn't it Franca?! 👌🏼 @titchyfra

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susanhumphrey333

That looks just like mine, that I was worried about, so that's how they're supposed to look. I only saw the crispy heads when I bought the plant and my very first bloom this year was what they call a mop head I think, very large and rounded, but then all the others look like this. Was it Jason @jasonsparkes who said his were the same 🤔

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susanhumphrey333

Still very pretty though, was just curious 😊

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rachelbrooks

Oh, well this is how mine always look Sue, and they always go on forever so I guess it must be ok? 👍🏼 @susanhumphrey333 did I miss that post? 🤔 probably! 🙄

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susanhumphrey333

😂 Maybe. Thought you popped outside to look at yours at the time, or maybe that was something else 😂🙄

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rachelbrooks

Ah ok! The size of the flowers! I did! 👍🏼🙈😂 @susanhumphrey333

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  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2016
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rachelbrooks

Playing with my new camera 📷 dried Hydrangea heads 🌸

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susanhumphrey333

Oh lovely Rachel. We're going to get photos that are even more stunning now. How would that be possible? Is it for your up and coming trip ? ❄️🏞🏔

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pelly

Beautiful. 💓💓

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nessas

Lovely Rachel 😍

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janric

Great 👌🏻👍🏻

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carolecuttingitfine

Wow didn't think you could improve but the detail is amazing! Oh a trip??? Hope it's somewhere warm and calm after the storms here last night!! Wind, rain,Thunder and lightning ⛈

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Sue...I'm not sure about that! 😬 yes, an early pressie so that I can try and get used to it before we go 👍🏼 I think I'll still take my phone as a back up 🙈😂 @susanhumphrey333

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rachelbrooks

Ah thanks ladies 😘 @pelly @nessas @janric

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angiecrazycatlady

Oooh where are you off to Rachel 😊

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rachelbrooks

Ah thanks Carole 😘 I took a lot of blurry ones though! 😁 err no, not warm...we're going to Iceland! We're going whale watching and hoping to see the northern lights 👍🏼☄🌬❄️🐋 and yes, it was terrible through the night, even woke me up, which is saying something! 😂 @carolecuttingitfine

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rachelbrooks

We're going to Iceland Angie, the country, not the shop! 😁 @angiecrazycatlady ⬆️⬆️ can't wait! Just got to dig out me thermals! 🌬❄️☃

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juliesgarden

Oh I'm well jell Rachel , on my bucket list 😍

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rachelbrooks

#hellohydrangea One of the best things about Hydrangea...it's like having a different plant every time you look at it! 👍🏼😊

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jeatacake

These are amazing! 🌸👌😍

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rachelbrooks

Thanks Jeff 👍🏼 it's all the same one over the spring and summer! This is why I love them so much - constantly changing 💜💗💚 @jeatacake

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jeatacake

That's incredible. I have some which went through a few phases, but nothing like this one! 👌

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rachelbrooks

Like so..? @susieg I keep cutting one every few days 🌸

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susieg

Oh yes! Beautiful! 🤗🤗🤗

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rachelbrooks

It's also a bonus that they coordinate really well with my kitchen! 😉 @susieg

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beckers1974

Very pretty!

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rachelbrooks

Thanks 😊 @beckers1974 🌸

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rachelbrooks

Thank you Deborah 🌸😊 @latebloomer How's your week going? It's Friday! 👏🏼👏🏼😀

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rachelbrooks

Oh blimey! @latebloomer are you all ok? Is your house on one level or can you move stuff to a dry area? Do your local authority help out at all? Hope you manage to get away with as little damage as possible. Fingers and toes crossed for you! Speak to you soon! Be safe 😘

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rachelbrooks

Hoping its not too bad for you @latebloomer Good luck x

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rachelbrooks

Yes, do! Once you're able! @latebloomer 😘😘

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fuschia

Love the different colours that hydrangea flowers go. 😍😍

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rachelbrooks

They're lovely aren't they Pearl? Like having 7 different flowers on one plant! 🌸💗💚💜 @fuschia

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katgreen

Oh I have always left my flowers over winter to protect the buds from frost. Do you find they are fine to take flowers off because I would love to put them in a vase ?@rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Fading...but ever so beautifully 🌸🌸🌸

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angiecrazycatlady

Wish I could age that beautifully ha ha 😊

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susanhumphrey333

The only hydrangea I have is a petiolaris by the front door. It's lovely in flower but it grows so quickly that I have no choice but to prune it when I shouldn't. Hence only one flower this year 😳

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rachelbrooks

Oh! Me too Angie, me too! 😂😂 @angiecrazycatlady

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rachelbrooks

I wish my Petiolaris grew quickly! I must've planted it about 8 years ago and it's only reached the top of the fence this year @susanhumphrey333 but that's a shame only getting one flower...😔 what can you do though? 🤔If it needs cutting it has to be done 🙄

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susanhumphrey333

It was a cutting from an old one we had to remove to have an extension built. It grew slowly for about 7 years then there was no stopping it. Would reach the roof and go sideways as far if I left it. Yours will probably take off soon 😀

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rachelbrooks

😂😂 this time next year I'll probably be cursing it then! @susanhumphrey333

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susieg

That is really pretty! 💕

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greenfingeredchef

They are by far my favourite, think they are called pop cap??

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rachelbrooks

Thank you 🌸 @susieg

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rachelbrooks

They're pretty aren't they! @greenfingeredchef I've not heard of that...🤔 i know them as Mophead..? 😊

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rachelbrooks

A case in point @latebloomer The same hydrangea - ever changing. 🌸 Can't imagine a garden without one (well, several!) 😊😊

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rachelbrooks

Thank you 🌸 😘 @latebloomer

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vonnylovesolly

Gorgeous!xx

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katgreen

Very colourful 😆

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jeatacake

Beautiful 👌

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rachelbrooks

A solitary splash of purple 💜 in a sea of pink 💗 I don't know why. But I like it 😊

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susieg

So do I @rachelbrooks!

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rachelbrooks

Glad you agree Susie 👍🏼 it's good to be different 😊😊 @susieg

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donnaandrew

The world would be a strange place without a lovable rogue - lovely shades!

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nessas

Lovely 💜

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rachelbrooks

Wouldn't it?! @donnaandrew 😁😊

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rachelbrooks

Thank you 😊 @latebloomer that's one of the reasons I love them so much 💗@nessas

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maggief

Beautiful 😀

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rachelbrooks

#bestof2016

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