Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grandiflora Hydrangea

When we got married in 1969, we bought our first house for $12,000 - we paid more for our first mini van at $18,000! :) It was a restaurant-turned-into-a-home that we lived in for sixteen years and after we moved, became a rental. We eventually sold it and the last family that lived there left a lot of perennials and a few shrubs. This 'Grandiflora' was one of them. It's similiar to 'Annabelle' but has sturdier stems that doesn't drag to the ground when it rains. This is a beautiful addition to the gardens because bouquets can be made from it most of the summer as its flowers turn from apple green to ivory and back to apple green again and can be dried into a lovely bouquet.

I have them scattered around the yard and the only care they take is cutting them back in the fall or spring. I like to cut them back in the fall so the dried flower heads aren't blowing around all winter.

- in the morning light -
- by the playhouse -
- the gazebo -

- the wire basket -
I've had this wire basket for a l-o-n-g time - IN STORAGE! Truth to tell, it was a forgotten purchase. I used four of my blue jars to make this beauty.


This is my view from MY FAVORITE OUTDOOR SPACE when I take a break from gardening on the swing that's on the back deck under the AKIBIA VINE.
Very relaxing!

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Rose Petal Hollow said...

Your home is beautiful. I love the Hydrangea... I have one and want more~

BECKY said...

Sooo very lovely Esther! Love your view and the beautiful hydrangeas! Just divine!
Have a wonderful evening!

Anonymous said...

do you ever "give out" cuttings from your hydrangeas

Anonymous said...

sorry i forgot to sign my name
Elsie G

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

We had a hydrangea when we moved here... (which happened to be winter time) So looked dead and it wasn't. So I killed it!
I thought it was dead! I was young then.
I've tried to grow one since-- but no such luck! Same with the Azalea bush-- I killed it too, over pruned. :(
I'm only now learning to have a gardeners touch.

Your yard is beautiful. The Hydrangeas, the view (which I said before, I love) and the bed spring on the wall with the artwork! love it!

thanks for showing these beautiful pictures.


Cindy said...

That is such a beautiful Hydrangea, I love them so much. I have one growing in my garden that is about six inches high, not sure how it will do. I wish to goodness that I had one like yours, too.
I love the wire basket with the blue jars, so pretty!
You have such a lovely yard and live in a very beautiful area.

Hugs, Cindy

Beverly said...

How beautiful. I love your yard.

everydaymoments said...

I'm super happy about the 3 lovely hydrangeas at our new place. I'll probably be bugging you for advice at some point!

Anonymous said...

Very Pretty..


Marie said...

Omigosh! AMAZING! My jaw just dropped after seeing your garden Esther. Absolutely heavenly...I'm green with envy, but very happy that you shared your haven with us.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

You must be so happy out there! I long for the day when I live in a place where I can grow hydrangeas. Beautiful home and garden. I'm in awe of your hydrangeas!

Arabella said...

Your garden is SO gorgeous - it should be in a magazine!! I love your hydrangeas too. WOW!d

Visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday ~ Hope you have a lovely weekend.


Something Nice and Pretty said...

Such a beautiful garden and love the hydrangeas, the fragrance in the garden has to be beautiful!


Mary said...

Hi Ester, Thank you so much for joining Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. I featured your post this week in my Top Ten Fav Picks from Masterpiece Monday. Have a great weekend! Mary :O)

Sherry said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful. I love the wire basket and blue jars. I also have an akebia vine that grows along my fence and have plans to put an arbor over the gate for it to grow on. Lovely view you have.

sweetbay said...

Wow, your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

Fishtail Cottage said...

So gorgeous! loving the jars filled w/hydrangeas! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Ester - Simply gorgeous! I now know what my next addition to the garden is going to be. Love the sturdy stems - and they make beautiful bouquets. Love your outdoor space too - just amazing. Thanks so much for linking =) Have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your hydrangeas and your beautiful home and gardens!

DIYbyDesign said...

I will be featuring this post at my link party tonight. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. The link opens at 8pm EST.

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