Hydor meaning Water, Angos meaning Jar or Vessel.
"First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to "water barrel," referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea's color ranges from white to blue to pink and purple, determined by the acidity level of the soil.
There remains some debate over the hydrangea's symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver's gratefulness for the recipient's understanding. Still others suggest it represents anything that's sincerely heartfelt. Despite this variation in flower meaning, there appears to be an overwhelming consensus that this 4th wedding anniversary flower possesses enduring grace and beauty." Teleflora
When we visit upper state New York and the Finger Lake region, I LOVE the blue hydrangea. I think it is because my Dad always bought my Mom blue Hydrangeas every year at Easter and Mother's Day. When my Dad passed several years ago in January, I was still able to find blue hydrangeas for my Mom and she planted them. So you can see why these beautiful flowers captured my heart and appear on my canvas. I must figure out how to grow them in our Texas heat.
Flowers speak to my heart through their color and their vulnerability. Through the ages in different climates, the ever changing weather nurtures the rebirth each spring of a kaleidoscope of colors. Somewhere on the earth at any given time, flowers are blooming and brightening the world around them. Most blooms are tender and gentle and despite being tossed by wind and hit by pounding rain, most blooms survive pretty well. The smaller ones will fall and fly away with the spring and summer storms, but will be replaced quickly by new blooms.
This painting is 29 by 42 inches and is oil on canvas. It will be in a show in Watkins Glen this May. If you are interested in the painting, just let me know through my contact page here on my website.
"On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers." 1 Kings 6:29