Hydrangea flowers are nurturing tiny creatures.
A baby snail is peeking the world under a leave.
These Hydrangea flowers are in my naighbouring area. The flowers are everywhere and it tells us the flowers are deeply loved by Japanese people.
I happened to see one elderly gardener who was a kind man. According to him, hydrangea flowers are originated in Japan. They were introduced to western countries, developed there and reintroduced to Japan as Western Hydrangea or Hortensia. The native hydrangea flowers in Japan are Big-leaved Hydrangea or Hydrangea macropylla. It is said that the first introduction of Hydrangea macropylla to Europe was 1789 when J.Banks, English scholar, brought them to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew of United Kingdom.
Western Hydrangea or Hortensia
The old gardner also told me that at the beginning, all of the flowers are white and gradually turn blue, pink, purple or more.
What color will you turn?
I'm turning pink!
I am turning purple!
This tiny hydrangea is the one which Siebold, German physician,
introduced in his book. He loved Japanese hydrangea
and said to have called them "Otakusa" naming after his Japanese lover.
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