I never understood why most Japanese art of rainy scenes have these flowers in them. I finally looked it up and found out that hydrangeas have come to symbolize the rainy season in Japan and are even a tourist attraction. They help brighten up the otherwise gloomy atmosphere. It's sort of like how the cherry blossom trees symbolize spring.
They really are beautiful flowers, especially since they can be gradients of purple-blue-pink all on the same bush. I found lots of gorgeous images when seeking reference.
Tan, Poli and Nea, from left to right, the Neapolitan triplets.
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