White flowers are always a challenge for me. When these snow-white Hydrangea threw down the gauntlet, I fought back with my Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-25.


Maybe I’ve finally got it?


It turned out the Crape Myrtle was even more of a challenge.


It turns out, these huge puffy flowers are hard to get in focus, especially from the long distance I was forced (by fences) to work from.


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  1. I have never seen white hydrangea until now. Those are lovely! Mine are blue, purple, and sometimes pink. I also have pink crepe myrtles but they look nothing like the ones in your photos, our flowers are not ‘fluffy’.


    • Funny. I thought all of them were purple/blue or white. Never saw any ping ones. It’s possible the crape myrtle in the pictures isn’t. I just took my best guess based on pictures on Google. Couldn’t get close enough to them to detect leaf patterns and no one on my side of the fence knew what they were 🙂


  2. A challenge, really? Beautiful shot.


  3. You got ‘er nailed on the pics of white hydrangea. Why are they tricky to photograph? Light reflection?

    That’s a lovely smoke bush…but not a crape myrtle. I have a gorgeous one at the store, poorly placed by me seven years ago. I have to keep chopping it back each year so it doesn’t hide signage, but it is just too darned pretty (and big) to move.


    • I went through everything and couldn’t get a name on it. Crape myrtle was as close as I could come. If you know what it is, let ME know so I can correct it! Google failed me on this.


      • Crape Myrtle is Lagerstroemia, which is a gorgeous actual tree in warmer climates that either of us live. It’s a relative of loose-strife, which is a highly invasive species thus will survive as a bush in more harsh (colder) areas.

        What’s growing in your garden is a smoke bush (Cotinus) which is more related to sumac family. It also thrives more in a less cold environment, but doesn’t have kill-back the same way crape myrtle does (for our climate).

        And if you’d send me pics of the foliage on your Chinese lily, I could tell you whether ’tis a Chinese lily or a daylily hybrid.

        This is the kind of schtuff I thrive on. Still not solved for sure the “blue flower” plant, but getting close, I think.

        LOL…. the weird things that make us passionate.


        • The tree isn’t in OUR garden or I’d know what it is. As for the lily, it has died back already and I don’t have any shots of the foliage. I believe it IS a hybrid, however.

          I’ve seen smoke trees — but never seen one that color. They were always gray, or gray-blue, sometimes off white. Never seen one even close to this color before. Wish I could have asked the people in whose yard it’s growing what it is. It was quite a mature tree, too. Not a newbie to that garden. I was shooting from a considerable distance away using a VERY long lens.


          • Ah, makes sense. I have this same particular color in my back flower bed. The ones with green or lime green leaves tend to be the bluish gray puffers. Most of mine are purple leaf, and have the pinkish reddish puffers. The one in my back yard is Royal Purple. The one out front is Cotinus Black Velvet… leaves are even prettier, but puffers are a tad too salmon for my taste.

            I did not know daylilies and Oriental lilies could be crossed. Learned something new today… this means I can quit working and go play, right? 😀


  4. That’s a crape myrtle? Wow, funny the different varieties there are of trees from region to region!

    I love hydrangeas but haven’t seen many this season so far :-/


    • If you (or anyone) know what it is, tell me. I did my research and this was the closest I could come (and yes, crape myrtle does come in a lot of varieties). I couldn’t get any closer than I did. It was two plots away with four fences between, so that was as good as it was going to get. But pretty, no?


      • Oh yes, absolutely gorgeous, I am just used to the ones that aren’t so…wispy? I wondered if they were a variety of mimosa tree, but I am just randomly guessing. Crape myrtle works for me 🙂 Doesn’t matter though, still great pictures!


  5. I knew the blue flowers around my cottage on the Cape were Hydrangeas but I guess I never realized those white flowers behind my house in NH were White Hydrangea until I saw your pictures. I’d just put up a picture of them a few days ago: http://trentsworldblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/flower-003.jpg


    • I think hydrangea come in the traditional bluish purple (or purplish blue), white and I’ve seen some in pink, dark pink (almost maroon) and very light blue. There may be others. The purply blue ones are the ones we see the most, but which is the next most common.


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