31 Aug 2011

Hydrangea aspera villosa

At the beginning of the year this easterly edge of the Walled Garden boasted mauve lilac and now as August draws to a close it is mauve once again, this time with a beautiful Hydrangea aspera villosa. 

Hydrangeas are native to Japan.  The young leaves, when dried and rubbed between the hands, become very sweet and are used to make a sweet tea called 'tea of heaven', it is used in Buddhist ceremonies.

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