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High on Hydrangeas!

What a magnificent week in Mum’s garden!  The hydrangea beds at the front of the house are giving a fabulous fall show!  The beds closer to the house are looking a a lot worse for wear because of all the construction, but these beds have made it through the ordeal unscathed and they are looking gorgeous.  These beds can be seen from the road, and they have stopped traffic on many occasions.  Mum would be so pleased with how lovely they look.

It really is enough to just gaze at the colors, but I wanted to see if I could translate the palette  into paint colors. There are three varieties of hydrangeas in these beds:  Oak Leaf, Little Lamb, and Limelight.  They are mixed with hostas, boxwood, snakeroot, and a few Stewartia, among others

I have been wanting to try the Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app  and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.  The app can be downloaded from the App Store and it’s free. It’s quite easy to use on the iPhone.  Basically, you take or upload an image and move and scale it to the portion of the image you want to “capture.”  Then you move a pointer around the image and it loads the range of paint colors for that particular pixel. See above for some of the colors selected.

But, color maven that I am, I was not at all satisfied with the palette. I felt it didn’t reflect the overall feeling or beauty of the garden.  So, I decided to try another method.  This time I used Photoshop to choose various colors from the images,  then matched them as closely as possible to the Benjamin Moore paint deck that is rarely far from my side.

Orleans Violet, 1374, is the one you can’t read.

I love the tech aspect of capturing the colors on the run, but I really think the old-fashioned way gives a better representation of the palette of the beautiful beds.  But, honestly, it’s sooooo very difficult to translate what we see in nature into a can of paint.

I couldn’t resist trying to capture a bit of the beauty by creating this hopelessly haphazard bouquet, which is happily hanging out in the kitchen.



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Mary October 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

Where would we be in life without color to uplift us, challenge us, even fulfill something within us…and console us? I know your mother would be so happy with the color in the garden and with the fun you are having with the color in the garden.

lori chaney October 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

your hydrangeas are lovely, I’ve been using alot of the blue (my hubs favs) but I would love to have some of these rose colored varieties, do you mind telling what they are?

Abby October 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Lori!

There are three varieties of hydrangeas in these beds: Oak Leaf, Little Lamb, and Limelight. Hope that helps–let us know if you have any more questions, and happy gardening!


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