Thursday, June 13, 2013


It's hydrangea season here at my happy home.
This morning I finished watering my flowers and decided to bring in a few of these beauties to enjoy in the house.  Once I got them all in vases, I thought you might like to enjoy them too.

 I hope you will find something you like.

 We have a new pink and white variety this year.
It's called a Peppermint Hydrangea and is supposed to be a repeat bloomer.  Woo Hoo!  I hope to see plenty of them all summer.
 I planted one on either side of my arbor.  One is definitely pink & white, but the other one ...

 looks a bit more purple and white to me.
Hydrangea colors are influenced by the amount of acid in the soil.
These two hydrangeas are probably 5 feet away from each other, so I wouldn't think the acid content of the soil would be too different.
I guess it's just one of the many mysteries of gardening.
In this case I'm not bothered a bit as I think they are both beautiful.
But then I'm rather partial to hydrangeas.

We have big ones and ...

 wee ones.

 As you might have guessed, there are plenty of blue ones too.
When I first moved here I planted 8 Nikko Blue Hydrangeas (4 in each corner of the backyard).  That was 13 years ago and now 4 of them are in such deep shade they barely bloom.  Since then I have added 3 of the repeat blooming type and really like being able to enjoy them all season long.

I think one of my favorite things about hydrangeas, other than the gorgeous colors, is that it doesn't take a lot of flowers to create a sizable bouquet.  They also last quite a while as a cut flower and dry beautifully too.

 One thing I know for sure...
we'll be enjoying hydrangeas until the cows come home.

As I'm typing this post the sky has darkened and the thunder is rumbling...  I'm going to dash now and turn off the computer.
Heading for the living room with a good book.  My very favorite thing to do during a summer rainstorm.
What are you up to today?


  1. I didn't realize that the color was determined by the acid in the soil! Interesting!
    As always your photos are beautiful.
    I have missed having a garden and look forward to a nice big yard at the new house.
    I will be planting some of these gorgeous flowers.
    A happy evening to you, my friend.

  2. I Love hydrangeas and normally the blue are my favorite, but those pink ones are gorgeous! Your pictures are so pretty. Have a nice day! Twyla

  3. O the hydrangeas in the cow pitchers.....adorable. I love them, Mine are in full bloom, also.
    blessings to you.

  4. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower! They are so great when cut...they last a long time! And the colors are wonderful. I had lots of bushes in NC and loved the blues best! Enjoy your week! I hope the storms aren't bad. Hugs!

  5. Oh I just love your beautiful hydrangeas! They are so gorgeous. I really like the blue and white ones. I'm glad to know we aren't the only ones who turn off the computers and TV's during a thunder storm. It's surprising the number of people who don't. I enjoy reading during one too. Pamela

  6. I love hydrangeas. Mine are just barely turning blue, but I'm impatient to start cutting them and making beautiful bouquets like yours. Ours bloom all summer long - so glorious.
    Love the blossoms in the cow pitchers and your little saying!

  7. They don't grow here in Colorado. Sad face. Your displays are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  8. These do grow well in California they don't like a lot of Sunshine so I am not having too many good spots to plant them..darn!

  9. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! The blue ones remind me of my Grandma's house. She had them growing all along one side of the house.

  10. I don't know if we can grow hydrangeas here in our mountain home. We lived in the desert for 25 years and the garden zone is very different here. But, I love them - and I do hope there is a variety that would love our cold winters and hot summers. I love your blog!

  11. Beautiful blooms, and the little cow creamers are so sweet, too. We've been having lots of rain up here. xo

  12. I had to visit again to show my husband your beautiful hydrangeas. Just sooooo pretty!

  13. Oh my goodness, Kim.... are these gorgeous flowers for real???? We don't have anything like this is my part of Texas.
    They are unbelievably beautiful!!

  14. Oh my, love love that flower! Lucky you to have so many.


  15. I find myself looking forward to this time of the year in blogland, because I know you will hopefully share your exceptionally beautiful hydrangeas. So now you know how happy I am that I visited your blog this morning. They are so pretty! All of the colors.

    As for thunderstorms, I think a good book, a comfy chair, and a hot cup of coffee work for me.

    Enjoy your day!

  16. Hi....I just wanted to stop by to let you know of a GIVEAWAY being hosted by Koralee from Bluebird Notes blog to help celebrate the opening of my new Etsy shop: Daisy Pink Wish.......if you have the time please stop by.....we would love to see you enter!

  17. I had a very large and beautiful hydrangea bush that took up almost me entire front yard in Brooklyn. I miss it! Hydrangeas don;t d well here as there isn't enough rain and the deer would eat them. I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful flowers, Kim!

  18. Oh my, I love Hydrangeas too. What a beautiful display!

  19. Came over from Vee's to check out your blog--beautiful! These hydrangeas are just beautiful! As is your lovely home!


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