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Hydrangea serrata Tiara, Henley Mill

Hydrangea serrata Tiara, Henley Mill

Hydrangea serrata Shojo, Henley Mill

Hydrangea serrata Shojo, Henley Mill

Hydrangeas, including rare Japanese varieties, are a special feature at Henley Mill.  They offer good autumn viewing as summer comes to a close.

I had forgotten that hydrangeas have small fertile flowers and also more showy ‘flowers’ on each head. It’s easy to see these two sorts of ‘flower’ on lace caps like Tiara and Shojo above.

Lawn

henley-lawn fabricBeing ‘showy’ might actually be an advantage for a solitary species: the easier to avoid you, my dear.  Camouflaged animals must always be bumping into each other.’

From: Amy Leach (2013) Things That Are: Encounters with plants, stars and animals, Canongate Books Ltd