Summer of the Hydrangeas

DSC_0435Everywhere I look and everything I’ve read has indicated that this has been the unofficial “summer of the hydrangea”.

Rarely have so many of us been so enthralled with this blooming beauty…I think it’s because of the hydrangea drought we experienced for the past couple of years. They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, but I would venture that we didn’t know what we were missing until this summer!

These lacy, limelight hydrangeas are the gift that appears in August. I have two enormous ones in pots on my back patio and the two that flank my arbor gate. I had toyed with climbing roses for the gate, but instead decided to have these hydrangeas hug it instead.

Words don’t adequately describe them….so my photos will hopefully make do!DSC_0431DSC_0443 DSC_0429 DSC_0437 DSC_0424DSC_0421DSC_0418 DSC_0426 DSC_0422 DSC_0423Happy first weekend in August….I hope you’re enjoying these last weeks of summer. Time to savor time in the garden or wherever you love to be!


Drenched in Daffodils

DSC_0264The sun has finally come out to play! We are warming up and the daffodils have bloomed just in time for Easter. Yellow is everywhere between the daffodils, which are mainly in our back yard and in the front pots, and the forsythia. You can see the tulips starting to come up, but they won’t bloom for another 2 to 3 weeks. No complaints here, though….Spring has finally sprung!DSC_0275DSC_0267 DSC_0268DSC_0278 DSC_0271 DSC_0273 DSC_0277 DSC_0279Hoping it’s sunny and bright for you this weekend and happy Easter to those who celebrate!


Gardens & Style with Bettie Bearden Pardee

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 8.51.43 PMThank you, Flower Magazine, for the recent article on Bettie Bearden Pardee! The entire April issue is applause worthy, but it was your article on BBP that has me wondering, “Bettie, where have you been all my life?!”.

We love all the same things! She’s an author of numerous books, including the most recent, “Living Newport”, a sought after lecturer, a garden connoisseur, a former magazine editor (Bon Appetit), television host/producer and designer of the Parterre garden bench. Her blog, Private Newporttakes you into her enviable world and shares tips on entertaining, garden design and living with style. Of course I love it!Copy-of-4708-e1489705465566-800x994

Bench-Product-7-1024x683 Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 8.51.54 PMNewport-Living-cover-387x500 Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 8.52.06 PM Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 8.52.22 PMAnyone want to road trip to Newport?!