This is a huge bush about eight feet across and six feet tall, growing against the old granite wall of the barn next to our house. The flowers are usually pale pink like this although sometimes take on a bluish or even a mauvish tint to the petals.
I love the way the hydrangea buds are so vibrantly green then move through a sort of halfway house where the central flowers are pink and the outer ones still creamy green, before attaining their full luscious domed pinkness.
This is a mophead hydrangea as opposed to a lacecap. Mopheads produce big domed clusters of flowers whereas lacecaps, as the description indicates, produce a cluster of small insignificant flowers in the centre surrounded by a circlet of larger more colourful but sterile blooms.
I wandered around the bush for several minutes before choosing this cluster to photograph. I felt it had a nice structure and encompassed flowers from tight green bud to blowsy pinkness.
It's a very old shrub having lived happily there for over thirty years and withstood some very severe pruning when it became overenthusiastically rampant.