For today’s Sunday Spirit post, I have chosen to recognize beloved summer hydrangeas, especially this year.

So many of my other favorite garden posies seemed to have slowed or wilted under the oppressive heat and extreme humidity of 2022.

But not my glorious hydrangeas, both old and new. Pink and purple.

As I recently shared in a previous post on my Friday 15-Minute Gardens Moments blog, this summer it was my weekly hydrangea bouquets that helped feed my soul and spirit and decorated my home.

I gave thanks to the heavens more than once.

They are simply magnificent. Fairly easy to care, especially if you live where there is good soil and high humidity.

Not a problem when you live near the Great Lakes.

While hydrangeas are dependable and steady, they are also often prone to assaults by hungry deer. Because I believe in trying to share a little of the garden bounty with the animals that also call my yard home, I usually allow them to forage.

Within reason.

But this year, an increasing number of deer, including several young ones, snacked on more than their share of flowers, causing particular damage to my front-garden hydrangeas with the large, white blooms.

In short, they left little for my lovely weekly bouquets.

It’s a problem I will address more aggressively next year. Probably with decorative fencing.

Because the deer seem to ignore my other hydrangeas plants, the more colorful varieties made up for this year’s loss.

God bless each and every little petal.

In honor of the hundreds of varieties of hydrangeas, and all that plant, nurture and celebrate them, I’m sharing a link today to a CBS News piece entitled, “The Magic of Hydrangeas,” that I watched this morning.

It fed my Sunday soul. Taught me a few more things about hydrangeas, too.

Thought it might brighten your Sunday, too.

Enjoy every spiritual and glorious hydrangea moment, while sharing a prayer of thanksgiving.

Sunday blessings to you all.

Here’s the link.

The magic of hydrangeas – CBS News

Do you find fuel for your faith while cavorting in nature?