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!

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Summer Dinner Party

IMG_4041Summer entertaining should be easy and breezy, not overly stressful. Yet, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little dressed up.

Since setting the table happens before any party, you can take your time and embellish up to a day or two ahead. For a recent dinner, I started with matching hot pink chargers from Marie Daage with my wedding china, Wedgewood Crown Sapphire. It’s one of those patterns that I loved, then tired of and having spent years in the drawer as I rotated a number of other patterns, finally seemed new again. Pulling in the hot pink napkins and glasses gave a little punch to each table setting.

As I have mentioned before, it has been a banner year for the hydrangeas, so I was thrilled to just use what was in the garden for my centerpieces. Using a mix of containers…some gifts, some recycled, some simple water glasses, I was able to create a landscape of high and low down the center of the table.

Perhaps my favorite touch was using hydrangea leaves for placecards.IMG_4038 IMG_4034 IMG_4055 (1) IMG_4046 IMG_4033IMG_4036Using what you have and have accumlated over time, mixing it together and sharing it with friends…that makes entertaining easy and breezy.

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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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