'TIS THE SEASON
I'm not sure why fall leaf peeping gets so much hype when the summer hydrangea season (in full bloom right now on the east coast) gets so little. In the fall families, couples (myself included) take weekend day trips or plan holiday-like vacations around the time of the colorful foliage. It's pretty to be sure but to many there's nothing like a hydrangea in all its blooming glory!
The colors are just as lavish and the season just as limited - enough at least to make hotels market 'hydrangea peeping weekends' much the way they do in the fall. I'm not sure why they don't.
A couple of summers ago we were in Martha's Vineyard for a few days vacation. We stayed at the Harbor View Hotel
I was out on eastern Long Island this past weekend where the hydrangeas were glowing. My photos are from my sister and brother-in-law's backyard.
The Jersey shore is another spot where you can see some spectacular shrubs. The town of Spring Lake, about an hour's drive from Manhattan (also accessible by train from Penn Station), has many lovely Victorian homes and clusters of hydrangeas that span the palette of possible colors. Check out the Breakers Hotel along the ocean waterfront. From there you can walk up and down the tree-lined streets and check out the blooms. http://www.breakershotel.com/.
I have a couple of bushes in my yard that were dong really well. Then for three years, the bushes stopped flowering. My daughter-in-law's mother ( also a hydrangea fan) suggested that they not be pruned back in the fall since hydrangea flowers like to grow on old branches. I informed my gardener, who didn't trim them, and this year I have my flowers back!