If the cottages of Lakeside could talk, we might hear some intriguing stories. After all, since the mid 1870's it has been a gathering place for families and the famous alike. You might be surprised to learn the exciting story which came to light during my recent visit to Lakeside.
|Dewey Hollister, reknown plantsmen.|
|Hydrangea arborescens is the oldtime Lakeside garden favorite.|
These wild hydrangeas have rather small flower heads and bear more fertile flowers than showy sterile florets. Fertile flowers are the smaller pollen-loaded reproductive portions of the flower. Today's hybrid hydrangeas boast larger showier flowers which are preferred by many gardeners, but do not provide pollen for our much need pollinators.
|A progression of Hydrangeas often surrounded the older cottages.|
Some early Wild Hydrangeas, Hydrangea arborescens probably sported a more uniform Hydrangea arborescens var. grandiflora which directly translated from the Latin means: Hydrangea of the woods with grand flowers. This grandiflora genotype was later developed into the standard and completely sterile "Annabelle" Hydrangea we all know today.
|The classic Hydrangeas arborecens is a staple in Lakeside landscapes.|
It takes very little imagination to see how neighbors might have split off a start of their cherished hydrangea to welcome friends and family as their cottages were built in our fair Chautauqua. What could be more neighborly or Christian than to share your favorite low-maintenance plant?
|Hydrangea arborescens var. grandiflora on the left, Hydrangea "Annabelle" on the right.|
Test your botanical ability on your next Lakeside walk. Try finding Ohio's missing heritage hydrangea which has been hidden in plain sight all along! One has to admire the old-time Lakesiders for having the ability to preserve something special through love and friendships.