A hydrangea like no other

Everyone knows a hydrangea when they see one.

But not everyone knows that its name, hydrangea, comes from the greek for “water recipient” and refers to its seed capsule, that looks like a little water vase.

Or that it is also named Hortensia, in honour of the beautiful daughter of the Prince of Nassau, with whom the botanist that described the plant to European scientists (and maybe brought some trimmings back) was madly in love with. Or not. Maybe he just needed his father’s help. (He is also the same man that named the bougainvillea after the captain of the ship he was sailing with when he discovered the plant.)

Or that, in most cases, the flower is white. Its colour – pink, blue, purple – comes mainly from the pH of the soil. An acidic soil will give you bluer flowers, while a more alkaline soil will infuse the flowers with pink.

Or that there is an island in the Azores that is called The Blue Island, so invaded has it become with hydrangeas.


Mostly, it likes the shade and constant loving care.


About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


  1. well, I knew that hydrangea means “water sipper” and think that it is called like this, because hydrangea needs and wants a lot of water. Your photo is very beautiful, I love hydrangeas and have a lot in my garden.


    • Full Of Daisies

      Thank you taphian! Water slipper or container, greek is very flexible😉and they do need quite a lot of water, you’re right! Best of luck with your garden 😊

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  2. Great information , am just growing a cutting from a friend and hope it grows strong for my new garden.


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