One of Jack’s parting gifts to us is the transformation of our hydrangea. It took me a while to figure this one out.
Our bush normally produces white-bluish blossoms.
I had not tampered with the soil in any way.
During his decline, Jack started to bypass the two-steps down to the driveway, and to scoot through the garden instead. As he got more and more tired, he did his business closer and closer to the house.
Which eventually meant that he was peeing directing under the hydrangea.
And voila! Blue turned pink from the acidic urine, counteracting the base leaching from our foundation. I love that I can see the blossoms from my chair inside, and that I pass the plant every time I go in and out of the house.
With school starting (and it being the New Year for many neighbors), the day is very, very quiet. Most of the crews have packed up and gone elsewhere. Yahoo.
Ah but your basic premise is wrong Dee! the more acidic the soil the bluer the hydrangea! perhaps Jack’s pee was very alkaline in his latter days, heres the link for more info-
Ha. You know I didn’t even look it up cause his pee was the only soil change of the season. I wonder what prednisone does to urine?
more likely ’twas the lime leaching from your foundations as you had such a wet summer up there
What a story!
I watched a hydrangea drying and changing colors too. I posted a photo.
this is one of the best stories ever. i love it.