Blue Hydrangea

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #117 and dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille 11

Blue Hydrangea

As a token

Of the gardener’s growing love

He presented his sweetheart

With a single

Blushing pink hydrangea bloom

Her disappointment

Spilled into the room

Acid words dripped

From her petal lips

And the perfect globe

Underwent a sea change

And flooded with blue.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016



23 thoughts on “Blue Hydrangea

    1. It all depends on the pH of the soil but it is much easier to change a hydrangea from pink to blue than it is from blue to pink. Changing a hydrangea from pink to blue entails adding aluminum to the soil. Changing from blue to pink means subtracting aluminum from the soil.


  1. Wonderful! Here in the US, we put eggshells and coffee grounds around the bases of some of the hydrangeas. My grandmother had some that were actually purple! Thank you coffee grounds and egg shells. wonderful poem, the changing from pink to blue. Excellent job.

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    1. To encourage blue hydrangea flowers, you have to grow the plant in soil that has a pH of 5.2-5.5. If the soil is more alkaline, the pH can be lowered by applying Soil Acidifier or applying an acidic organic mulch. So it’s the opposite to litmus paper!

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