I am "in love" with this Terrifically Beautiful Oak Leafed Hydrangea!
It is still a "baby," but
this is what it looks like today!
This is 'Munchkin'
He is deciduous, thrives in zones 5 - 9, grows from 3-4.5 feet tall and wide, blooms in June-July, the blossom is "aging white" to pink, the light requirements are full sun to part shade. And check out the fall leaf color!!
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Mrs. Nesbitt's post on Renovation spurred my post on Rejuvenation!
Our screened in porch had become a storage room... for bikes, flower pots, etc., etc. But we have such a peaceful, wooded backyard, I wanted to be able to use it again (during the warmer months of the year)!
So, Rejuvenation looks like this:
First coat on the ceiling:
Beginning the first coat on the walls
Painting the walls continues
Finished! Tah! Dah! (yes, still working on organization)
Second coat on ceiling finished. Second coat on walls will happen next spring.
Rejuvenation is good for adults, too! :-)
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Honestly! This is one of my favorite shrubs. There are many varieties of Hydrangeas. The following has been in my yard for a number of years. I chose it for the very reason that it is somewhat unusual. (Another is 'Pinky Winky' that does virtually the same thing, except the flowers have a completely different appearance - conical shaped!)
The following two shrubs are Hydrangea paniculata:
Here is a look at 'Quickfire.' This photo was take in June 2016.
The following photo was taken August 25, 2016.
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We recently vacationed for a few days with both "our families!" This would be our daughter and son-in-law and their children and our son and daughter-in-law and their children. All-in-all, there were twelve of us... and did we have GREAT fun!
We stayed in a wonderful (modern) "log cabin" in the woods. There were birds all around, with bird feeders hanging from the main floor deck. We saw our "usual" black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, (flocks of?) ruby throated hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, etc.
Imagine my surprise, when the first birds I spotted and photographed were the birds below!! "What?" I wondered.
Guess what! These are immature male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks!! (The first clue that they were Grosbeaks was their bills. Take a Gander!)
This is also an immature male Rose Breasted Grosbeak ... further along in his development. I also was able to take this photo.
The following photo was borrowed from an internet search. The photographer was identified as Gary Tyson.
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"Keep an eye out!" You may also spot an elusive immature Rose BreastedGrosbeak!