We purchased 4 Invincibelle Ruby 3 gallon plants from Pike Nurseries in the Spring. We are planting zone 8a. They were planted in full morning sun. The plants bloomed quickly but appeared more mauve pink rather than the \"ruby\" photo online and on the tag. When the hydrangea flower buds first develop they have somewhat of the ruby look you see on the tag and the online photo but quickly develop to an overall soft mauve color. Not what we hoped for. The flowers fade to a green color and the stems can't support the weight of the blooms and are laying on the ground. Perhaps as the plant becomes more established in our garden it will be able to support the weight of the blooms. We have recently moved these plants to a less prominent area since they are not the show stopping focal point that we hoped for. We paid over $40 a plant so we are not happy with the performance this season. Perhaps they will look better as they become more established in future seasons. We plan on adding plant support grids to the plants when they die back in the winter so next season they will have a better chance of the blooms being supported and not laying on the ground. Also as the plants mature the wood should become harder and more supportive we think. As other reviewers have stated this hydrangea, and in my experience all newly planted hydrangeas will need extra watering the first year or so. Especially in the humid South.
The royal figure wears a crown with diamonds, pearls, and vermilion gems, from which real flames are rising. The analogy between the ruby and fire, suggested by the crown, is one of the topoi of lapidary literature. The stone was not only of the same colour as its corresponding element, but also possessed its same heat and behaved in the same way. In fact, Pliny the Elder (XXXVII, 92-94) notes how the ruby is incombustible yet, once engraved and used as a seal, it is capable of printing the wax thanks to a magical autonomous heat. The fact that the most resplendent rubies are found where the sun is at its hottest, reinforces the alleged bond between fire and the gem, according to which, heat is infused by the eastern sun. Instead, the association between the ruby and Charity appears in the biblical interpretation, where it represents the virtue of martyrdom, a link that would also be repeated by Camillo Leonardi in his Speculum lapidum in 1502. 153554b96e