Hydrangea leaf

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’ is no one trick pony.  The pretty puckered flowers would be reason enough to welcome this beauty into your garden.   You could sit back and say “you have earned your place with your glorious blooms, no need for anymore effort”.  But then, as a autumnal bonus, the serrated leaves blush scarlet before they fall in embarrassment at their beauty.  I pointed out the red hemmed stegosaurus foliage to Ben today.  “Have you seen how wonderful these leaves are?  They remind me of dinosaurs”.  He squinted, tried his very best and made a hurried excuse.  Perhaps I should have drawn a picture.


Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'

This afternoon I had a short break from jack-hammering/mattocking/dynamiting the ground to extract couch grass, brambles and ivy.  Wandering around the garden I came across what I think might be Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’.  This shrub had been squashed between closely planted trees and was therefore reaching for the sky, the only way was up.   Just one flower, due to my formative pruning in the autumn, but showing great promise.  I am optimistic that next year it will be quite splendid.