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 Style Stationery

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Among my summer to-dos: order more stationery. That’s actually a good sign to me, as it means I’ve written a lot of notes. And, while I love to use my monogrammed notecards, I also like to have a variety of stationery, just to keep things interesting for me and whoever is on the receiving end.

This new summer collaboration goes to the top of my list. The Maryn (former Domino editor, Michelle Adams) x Caitlin McGauley (NYC based illustrator and artist) for Dempsey & Carroll. The blue and white striped boatneck makes me think of Nantucket and would make an especially cute gift if you are lucky enough to snag a summer invitation with friends. Or the perfect note to accompany your hostess gift.Screen Shot 2017-07-30 at 9.16.50 PM

Screen Shot 2017-07-30 at 9.16.59 PMstationary_heroSummer is the perfect time to jot off a quick note and having stationery you are excited to use makes it so much easier! So get started….”write” away!

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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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