The Hanson House gardens have several areas where hydrangeas are glamming up the yard. One such place is around the front porch steps. The specimen growing on either side of the steps is a Pee Gee bush variety. It starts blooming conical clusters of white flowers in late July and early August. This is my favorite time of year. Bees of every variety, humming birds, butterflies, and dragon flies flutter about and then sit and drink the nectar in the blooms. The smells on the front porch are like no other. If there was a way to capture a smell in a time capsule, this would be the one I would choose.
The conical clusters turn pink as the birds and bees cake their feet with the pollen and sip hydrangeas dry. The end of summer is just a few days away and the Pee Gee Hydrangeas are as beautiful and pink as ever.