Heavenly Hydrangeas

DSC_0400Ask anyone who has hydrangeas. This year has been AMAZING! Last year, not so much.

Like anything that isn’t a sure thing, when it happens it is REALLY good! Growing up in Dallas, TX, I was accustomed to the yard being dried up by July/August. So, I don’t take a summer garden for granted. And, in the Northeast July turns out to be a very good garden month.

As an added bonus, my fountain turned out to be a great holding spot for freshly cut hydrangeas.DSC_0410DSC_0404 DSC_0405 DSC_0406DSC_0408DSC_0410DSC_0407DSC_0411Wishing you a week ahead where everything is in bloom! Happy mid-Summer!!

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Adding Interest with Garden Orbs

DSC_0274Several years ago, my mother-in-law brought me two sets of garden orbs. One large, one small. I wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. But, once they were incorporated into my decorative pots, I’ve been enjoying them year round. I’ve been asked from time to time where someone might buy them, so I’m happy to let you know that you can find them at her family’s garden center, Horticultural Services in Manhattan, KS.

Just give them a call (785-776-5764) and they can fix you up! Here’s a look at how I’ve enjoyed them at my house.DSC_0203DSC_0025 DSC_0041DSC_0275 IMG_2226IMG_5729The orbs can be flattened for easy storage, too! Try adding something structural to your outdoor pots, to give them a fresh look!

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Bunny Williams’ Trade Secrets

For the past 15 years, Bunny Williams has hosted Trade Secrets, a two day garden event, that to many, has become the preeminent garden experience in the Northeast. Held at the bucolic Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, CT, there were garden tours (including Bunny and John Rosselli’s garden), a talk and book signing by Bunny and rare plant and garden antique vendors.
When my friend, Ted Kennedy Watson, called to ask if I wanted to join him, I knew this was not to be missed. Experiences such as this are so much more fun when you can do them with a friend!
We arrived early, just after 8am, and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast before making the rounds to all the vendors. As the event is outdoors and under tents, everyone was in casual attire and comfortable footwear. We noticed that the line got noticeably longer around 10am, as did the line of cars waiting to get in….so, arriving early is key!
We ran into Bunny early on and said hello. That alone was worth the drive! 
Another highlight was meeting famed potter, Guy Wolff, who was catapulted to another level once his work was highlighted by Martha Stewart
Guy has designed and produced garden pottery for many of America’s most prestigious estates, botanical gardens, museums and historic homes, including the U.S. Botanical Gardens, The White House, Monticello, Martha Stewart and the New York Botanical Gardens.
I came away with a couple of treasures and the desire to return again!

Have you heard of or been to Trade Secrets before? I’d love to know!! It’s certainly not a secret any more!!!