Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It's easy to remember (and so hard to forget)

I was reading somewhere on the Internet about the above hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'.  Someone was waxing romantically about this flower, saying it was "so hard to forget."

I immediately thought of a favorite song by Rodgers and Hart - It's Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget).  I'm quite sure that when Lorenz Hart penned the lyrics in 1935, he was thinking of a lost love, not a hydrangea.

But once you see 'Ayesha', it is indeed very hard to forget because it is so different.  The sepals are cupped, like little spoons.  And the color is offbeat, as well.  In this photograph, the flowers are essentially a light blue, because it is growing in the acid soil of Georgia.  In other locales, it is pink, but still mixed with a creamy white - not something you see every day.

The texture is unusual, as well.  The flower looks sturdy and waxy, and the foliage is very glossy and heavily textured.  I've neglected to mention that the blooms are huge and showy, another reason 'Ayesha' is "hard to forget."

I am still smarting over the fact that I missed the peak hydrangea season in Atlanta the middle two weeks of June.  People are saying it is one of the best years ever, due to all the rain we've had.  I took this photograph last year, so if Ayesha was this big and pretty then, what must it have looked like this year?

Actually, I think this is one of those hydrangeas that consistently performs well, making it, most of the time, easy to remember (and so hard to forget).