Monday, August 15, 2011

Hydrangeas my happy place

Look at these babies

I know my good friend Kim
has not been happy with her hydrangeas
because of the hot summer down south
I believe she got five blooms
this year..
so Kim this post is for you...

I have 2 bushes
one in the front of the house
and the other is in the dog run in the back

this picture was taken a few weeks ago
don't think I will be getting any blooms
last year this bush was
and gave me these that have dried 
This February the Hubs
thought it needed trimming back
we always get in a fight when he has
those big hedge trimmers in his hands
I told him

as you can see I didn't get the blooms off
last year or I could have had 2 baskets of dried flowers
this was a few weeks ago
the ones in the front that are lighter can be dried
but the dark blue ones I find when I cut those
they will shrivel up and won't be good for dried flowers
I tried yesterday and ended up putting them in a vase with water
along with some of my
California lillies
I have to wait until they are turning on the bush
next to be harvested is my lavender
this was early spring

I have about 20 plants
in the front yard
I caught the Hubs eyeballing them
before they bloomed
he was going to cut them back because
"they look like  *&%#   "
you fill in the blank
again I pleaded.....
he admitted yesterday they looked

He got to these bushes before I could stop him
on the right
there are 5 of them
he got to them right before they bloomed
I still have 3 on the other side of the house
they are suppose to look like this
that's my red crocosmia in front
I love these they get pink flowers sometimes
in February and then again in June
oh well no one goes to the front entry anyway
and maybe they will come back strong
next year
I would love to put hydrangeas
all along the front of the house
 I am going to get a few more cuttings
before we head to the farm

if you would like to see some beautiful dried arrangements
today on Luciane's beautiful blog
Home Bunch
she is featuring a designer
Armonia Decor
that uses them a lot
go check it out
seriously stunning
I think  I need a few more plants!!

linking to
Savvy Southern Style's
Wow Us Wednesdays


  1. Hello Kathy!

    You're so sweet for mentioning my post today. I'm honored to be here! :-)

    Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, but I must confess, I don't know much about gardening. We live in a beautiful property that has an amazing garden because the older owner did a great job around here. We, actually, to be fair, my husband takes care of it now because I'm too scared of bugs and we also have some garden snakes here.. that freaks me out! So, what I want to say is that, I loved seeing this post about your garden and learn a little bit more. That's always good, right?

    Thanks again for mentioning "HomeBunch". You know how much I like you, right! :-)

    Kisses to you!

    Luciane at

  2. OH Kathy.. they are just beautiful... Mine didn't even flower this year...and your lavender is to die for...happy Manday

  3. Oh you have such bounty. I just love purple hydrangeas and the lavender is great. I just said I want lavender in my garden next year.

  4. Oh NO! My hubbie cut my first ever hydrangea back to the bottom of it bloomed, I am doomed! Your agapanthus are great. Again ours never bloomed again. I always thought it was the plants, now I know the real reason!

  5. They are gorgeous and sooooo full. Maybe one year mine will bloom like that.

  6. Your hydrangeas are lovely.
    Husbands shouldn't be allowed to have hedge clippers or clippers of any kind without permission and supervision from their wives!

  7. OH my I am jealous. I don't think I could even grow one at all. Looks gorgeous Kathy!

  8. My word!!! You are a marvelous gardener!! Those plants are awesome! I love hydrangeas, and yours are some of the best I've seen!!

  9. You have a beautiful garden, and beautiful blooming hydrangea! The color on those are so pretty.

    If your husband is itching to cut something, I have plenty for him to cut, so send him over :-)

  10. Oh my does someone have a blue thumb! Wow.

    Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my mustard curtains and evil chair. :)

  11. Kathy,
    your hydrangeas and lavender are gorgeous! Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers! Sadly, I'm not much of a gardner but would like to eventually give them a try! I think my husband and yours have something in common, they are both "clipper happy"! Thanks for visiting, your blog is lovely and I will be back!

  12. Hopping on over from Wow Us Wednesdays! I really LOVE your blooms... I was chuckling when you mentioned that your hubby was trimming everything down! lol We moved into our fixer this past June...hopefully I'll get to plant some hydrangeas next spring.

    Have a lovely day!


  13. I agree with Pondside, husbands should NOT be allowed near clippers, or anything that cuts unless the wife is out there supervising! Tim does that all the time to our wisteria. Leave the dang thing alone I tell him! Go cut your own trees! LOL Tim and Gary are sooooo much a like in that area.

  14. I have considered putting a motion sensor on our clippers so I know when my husband touches them!!!! So today I sent him to our hunting property to use the chainsaw...hope that will satisfy his need to cut stuff down :)
    Thanks for the comment on my post....I am soo jealous of your plants, we live in Zone 4 so hydrangeas can be a little iffy.

  15. What a lovely garden. Your hydrangeas have lovely color shades that go well with the lavendars. I remember my Mum used to get cross at my Dad for cutting back things too soon as well...must be a man thing!