Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Garden Photo of the Day

Hydrangeas in December Sunlight

The Oakleaf hydrangeas in Diane LaSauce's central Virginia garden are enjoying the December sunshine! 

"I may be nostalgic about spring, yet I am still grooving on my Oakleaf hydrangeas. Drop dead hues play in December's sunlight. I cannot remember a finer year of display, and these specimens are open pollinated!"

Have a garden you'd like to share? Please email 5-10 photos (and a brief story about your garden) to GPOD@taunton.com, or tag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

Whether you've never shared before or you've been featured multiple times, we want to see your garden! You don't have to be a professional garden photographer – check out our garden photography tips!

Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here!




View Comments

Comments

  1. user-4691082 12/22/2015

    Beautiful colors, makes me yearn for spring!

    1. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

      Rhonda, I am sighing a breath of relief for the few months of reprieve from the vigorous growth season (and biting insects) of central VA. The warm temps this month have coaxed many of my heirloom daffs out of the ground. Too early, too early I cry! We and our gardens require a dormant season...in order to flourish!

  2. User avater
    meander1 (Michaele ) 12/22/2015

    Once upon a time (in a galaxy far, far away), I didn't get the appeal of oakleaf hydrangeas...boy, are those days over. These beautiful pictures of yours, Diane, only reinforce why I now happily ride the oakleaf hydrangea train. I love the naturally occurring ones that are volunteers in my garden and I love the named cultivars which I have started to buy just to see how they are different from the ones that reseed. Your photos are wondrous.

    1. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

      Thank you for your kind words Meander. Until this year, the hydrangeas here were just so, so. So happy to capture their true essence during this month's warm, sunny snap.

  3. VikkiVA 12/22/2015

    Amazing photography and amazing subject to photograph. Love the beauty of Oakleaf Hydrangea. Vikki in VA

    1. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

      Thank you VikkiB.

  4. greengenes 12/22/2015

    Beautiful colors these oakleaf hydrangeas put out. This is a wonderful plant! Thanks Diane!

  5. User avater
    gringopeligroso 12/22/2015

    Diane!! Very nice study/portfolio of a single subject! Your photography has got this shutterbug-wanna-be thinking into new directions!! That light hitting those leaves and textures is magical! Glad you captured those beams and really glad you shared your trophies!!!

    1. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

      Thank you Jesse. I prefer natural light, as it is most potent, especially where intense hues are the topic.

  6. GrannyMay 12/22/2015

    It has been an excellent year for fall colour, as your gorgeous photos confirm, Diane. Thank you! I really cannot understand why I have never added this hydrangea to my collection. Now that will change.

    1. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

      Good news GrannyMay, the photos here are offspring of the mother. One of the six was especially outstanding this year. I could send seed if you like...Diane

      1. GrannyMay 12/22/2015

        Thanks, Diane. That is so thoughtful and generous of you! I'm old enough that I'd better start with a shrub rather than seeds if I ever want to see the blooms. Not that I'm intending to depart this earth anytime soon, but I might have to depart from my garden sooner than I'd like. Merry Christmas to you and all the GPOD readers!

        1. User avater
          meander1 (Michaele ) 12/22/2015

          You would be surprised, May (or, at least I was) at how quickly the self seeders grow. The first year, it is only one stem but then the second year, it seems it becomes a flowering bush. However, I couldn't resist buying two of the named 'Ruby Slippers' this past fall because they were such nice well branched plants. Ha, so I'm not immune to wanting instant gratification.

          1. GrannyMay 12/22/2015

            I should heed your advice, Michaelle, especially since I am looking forward to a seed delivery from you in the spring. Part of my new reluctance to start plants from seeds is that I now forget what I have planted unless I can see it! I'm hoping that the Pink Muhly Grass performance will outstrip my impatience.

          2. User avater
            meander1 (Michaele ) 12/22/2015

            I am so rooting for muhly seed germination of epic proportions for all my gpod fellow gardeners. Looking forward to being the "Johnny Appleseed" of muhly grass

        2. diane_lasauce 12/22/2015

          LOL, these really grow fast!

  7. User avater
    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/22/2015

    Diane, I'm grooving on your H. quercifolia, too. Great shots and amazing color. Some of mine colored to the deepest burgundy black this year, and straight into a vase they went. Beautiful outside, super for a late fall/early winter arrangement indoors.

    I went back again to see your spring photos from last week. Did you actually see that? It looks like only Michaele and I commented on it. An email did not go out and they are fabulous photos. Cheers.

    http://www.finegardening.com/dianes-favorite-spring-blooms?tid=99

    1. User avater
      gringopeligroso 12/22/2015

      Tim,
      Thanx for posting the link to the spring pix. I, apparently like so many, didn't receive that posting for some reason. Better late than never, however! Thanx for watching out for us!!

      1. User avater
        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/22/2015

        I'm both obsessive AND compulsive! :)

        1. User avater
          gringopeligroso 12/22/2015

          I KNOWED there wuz a reason I liked ya!!!
          Hope this Holiday finds you with as many warm smiles, bright bouts of laughter and true feelings of Good Will as you can stand....and then just a smidgeon more for good measure!!

        2. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

          ;-)

      2. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

        Thanks Jesse. Yes, Tim does watch out for us!

    2. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

      Tim, Yes, I wondered why that group of photos only appeared on FB. Many FG readers missed that post. Thank you for providing the link here...
      I never thought to cut and bring indoors the H. quercifolia. I confess, I only have two houseplants...an ancient cactus and a scrawny vine of some sort, both I ignore for the most part. The symphony occurs outdoors from early March through December, and when I am not on my knees weeding, I am capturing images. I did press leaves of the Oakleaf and blueberry this month, as the vibrant colors had to be preserved to be believed.
      Thank you for your kind comments. Photography, the garden, and local landscapes here in central VA keep me inspired. Have you checked out my garden blog at http://dianelasauce.wordpress.com?

      1. User avater
        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/23/2015

        Thanks for the reminder about your blog, Diane. It's been a while since I visited. So much cool stuff, so little time!
        If I don't count my overwintering plants, I don't really have houseplants, either: a bonsai, some Tillandsia and some orchids. Here's a photo of the arrangement with the hydrangea leaves. I don't do many arrangements, either, because I don't like cutting things from the gardens, but I cut back my oakleafs, anyway. Hope you have a great holiday!

        1. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

          Wow Tim, I am really impressed with your indoor arrangement. Thanks for sharing! When I lived in DC, I joined the Bonsai Club at the Botanic Gardens and had a ball. My Japanese maple (bonsai) passed some years ago, and only my special pruning tools remain. I plan to use one to get at that five-trunked crape myrtle (Natchez) this winter. If I can get a ladder to hold still, the entire canopy needs a thorough cleaning out! Work is never done for this VA gardener. And thanks Tim, for joining my blog.

        2. Schatzi 12/23/2015

          Wow Tim - this is gorgeous!

          1. User avater
            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/23/2015

            Thanks, Shirley. It lasted a long time. Surprisingly, those Miscanthus seed heads opened up, but never fell apart. Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. Schatzi 12/22/2015

    Gorgeous vibrant colors, Diane, and beautiful photography. I am glad you are having good weather. Here in the PNW, it is officially winter - 15 feet of snow in the mountains and more coming. I am so glad I have no need to go over the pass to Eastern WA. We had a snow shower yesterday down here in the lowlands, but it was too warm to last, temp in the 30s.
    Merry Christmas, everyone.

    1. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

      Thank you for your kind words Shirley. Photography has always been a hobby, and having a garden offers endless image opportunities.
      I lived in SW Portland and Lake Oswego in the early '70's and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. Learning to ski on Mt Hood, climbing Mt St Helens, and strolling the Oregon coast will always have a special place in my heart.
      Enjoy your dormant season!

  9. HelloFromMD 12/23/2015

    Late to the game but hopefully Discus will deliver. I love my Ruby Slippers, Alice, Snowflake, and Sikes Dwarf oak leaf hydrangeas! Certainly one of their best features is how long they hold onto their leaves! I love the color and texture your photos captured. I am impressed that Fine Gardening posted such nice photography. Your last photo reminds me of a painting. Really beautiful.

    1. diane_lasauce 12/23/2015

      Thank you MD. The best part of gardening for me is photography. Having the ability to capture plants in their true splendor eases the pain of seeing them wane. Enjoy more of my photos on my garden blog at http://dianelasauce.wordpress.com
      Happy Holidays!

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 37%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."

Video

View All