Walking the dogs the other day this lace-cap hydrangea caught my eye. I found it’s end of season muted colors appealing.
Like the dogwood and poinsettia the flower itself is tiny and surrounded by what amounts to specialized leaves which give the color. The same effect that causes bright beautiful fall foliage results in the delicate colors of this hydrangea. In the summer this plant has blue-purple blooms and this color is what pigment is left when the green chlorophyll goes away for winter dormancy.