I'm in heaven...
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak...".
Irving Berlin, 1935
The hydrangeas are really flourishing this year.
There are seven hydrangea bushes around the Cottage
and this year they are all blazing with blooms.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am not the reason why anything grows in this garden.
I may plant them but that is where my expertise stops.
The moon and the stars must just aline, or the fairies are working their little fingers to the bone.
Whatever the reason, this seems to be a banner year for the Cottage hydrangeas.
This particular specimen was one stem, two leaves and one flower, all tied up with a pretty pink bow, when I received it as a gift a few years ago.
It stayed that way for quite some time and, though the plant grew larger, it only had one blossom last year.
This hydrangea, I think, does not get enough sun, or perhaps it is just the nature of this particular specie,
but never-the-less it has a profusion of blooms this summer.
It has not blossomed for the first three years since its been planted.
These "twins" are Mini Penny.
They were planted in the barrels last year
and have grown considerably since then.
This "Endless Summer" is my best producer and has been for a few years.
It is the source for many of the dried arrangements during the winter.
It seems to be happy blooming where it is planted.
This one is slow to bloom
but its color was so beautiful last year...
...a very intense blue.
Evidently there is plenty of acid in the soil here.
This is the last of the Cottage hydrangeas.
This plant has been in place for about eight years and seems to be a slow grower.
The flowers and leaves are very sturdy, however, with beautiful color,
and they make excellent drying material.
A dried arrangement of hydranges on the dining room table last fall.
I'm so happy that I have such an array of choices to make
for this coming winter's bouquets.
"Merrily, merrily shall I live now/
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough."
Shakespeare, "The Tempest"
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