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!


Garden Update

DSC_0265The summer growing season is in full swing, but is a little behind the normal schedule. My hydrangea bushes and trees have typically bloomed in full by now, but this year they are blooming a little later. I’ve also noticed that the hydrangea bushes have less blooms than in years past. That’s part of the fun….you never quite know what will happen each season.

That said, things are looking green and lush. Here’s a look!DSC_0274DSC_0267DSC_0271 DSC_0272 DSC_0273 DSC_0275 DSC_0276 DSC_0277And, of course, I always love a pop of pink with the mandavilla that flanks our back door.

What’s blooming where you live?!!


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!!!