12 days of Christmas: day 5

I love hydrangeas but I am death on two legs to most plants, aided and abetted by our very sunny and windy terrace. The only things which survive are succulents. It’s sadly an inhospitable environment for hydrangea, which are known as “hortensia” in France. They grow much better in rather damper and more humid climes such as UK and the north, west and south-west coastlines of France. This one was happily growing in the gardens in Mainau which was part of our May trip down memory lane to the Bodensee.

18 Comments on “12 days of Christmas: day 5

  1. It’s my favorite flower! I had a lovely blue one at my old house, but here at the new house, I’m not sure I can grow one. I’ve got to really look into seeing if I can grow one somewhere in my yard here.

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  2. Beautiful “days of Christmas” photos. I’m with you. I love plants dearly but I unfortunately kill most of the ones that hit the house (and the dead plant on the balcony can testify to that) except for succulents. =) The hydrangeas are stunning.

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