Those who know me well or read this blog know I like to screw around with plants. I like growing them, but I’ll experiment too. As if our southwestern climate of intense heat, low humidity and elevation at nearly a mile high in Albuquerque wasn’t enough, I also tortured plants for a few years as a budding bonsai novice. Now I just coax plants back from near death as our harsh winter approaches each year in late fall.
Never say never is my plant mantra.
I did an impulse buy at the supermarket last summer and bought a blue hydrangea. Hyacinth, hibiscus, hyssop…these words usually all roll past my lips before I can come up with the name, hydrangea, I guess an affliction of my age. No matter.
I bought it because it was blue and I like blue flowers. After reading up a bit on hydrangeas I come to find that you must feed them iron to get pink ones to turn blue. Must be true, because you can see they are indeed pink.
They kind of resemble a bonsai too. The little pine bonsai you see being sold on street corners are not the only kind of plant you can bonsai. Fruit trees, elms, oaks and flowering plants are all used to create bonsai as well. Most any plant can be manipulated. Heck, most any thing can be manipulated as is evidence at the beach in the summer. Think about it.
The very first flower this one had this spring was the size of a dime. Wish I had taken a photo. I also wished I had stuck a rusty nail in it, or at very least, a Geritol pill. Iron poor tired blood = pink instead of blue hydrangea. This is how I have to remember things these days. Word associations. Old commercials. Whatever.
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
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