June 17 and 26 - Bowen Island, BC. This Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anamola subsp. petiolaris) is growing in S.'s and Y.T.'s garden. I'd never seen one before. I was intrigued with the structure of the flower clusters.The Climbing Hydrangea is native to the woodlands of Japan and coastal China. It blooms in late June and early July. With the support of a large tree, the plant can reach heights of 50 to 80 feet.
The blooms are 6" to 10" in diameter and are comprised of numerous small flowers. The smaller, fertile flowers are in the centre of the bloom.The larger flowers encircling the bloom are sterile. I found a bloom that had broken off. I loved the colours of the dying flowers. First photo taken with a Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT) at 70 mm. The rest were taken with a Canon Powershot SD 700 IS.