Saturday, April 17, 2010

J and the Giant Hydrangea



Apologies to the handful of you loyal readers who have seen this. It's a re-post. But, I've been reveling in the tiny harvest of flowers that our "garden" has bequeathed upon us and remembered these shots. The little one in green is all mine. The big one in green with a lacy white canopy, courtesy of my sister's garden. Every spring an amazing crop of the most beautiful hydrangeas sprouts under her kitchen window and I am the lucky beneficiary. Picking to my heart's continent.

In fact, yesterday I had a little harvest of my own. Our two lilac bushes have bloomed for the first time since planting them a couple of years ago. Granted, I only got one heavenly-scented conical branch from each bush, but still, it's lilac. One dressed in powdery lavender, the other a glorious pristine white. Oh, and the viburnum is putting on its showy snowball performance. Truly amazing. Photographs to follow soon.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
An update: I've received a few emails today asking about the variety of the hydrangea pictured. Unfortunately I do not know. But while flipping through a magazine tonight I came across a hydrangea from "Proven Winners" called "Incrediball" Hydrangea that looks quite similar. It's an Annabelle hydrangea with huge flowers and strong stems that's hardy and heat tolerant. Sounds like a winner. Amazon has it here.
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17 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

beautifully huge flower, but alas, an awesomely beautifully 'J'. that grin took my heart...

Vintage Simple said...
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Vintage Simple said...

Sorry. That was me up there, as you know - I'm a dork. Anyway:

I'm glad you re-posted these, for I had not seen them. That little J of yours is adorable..! I'm glad you're enjoying your weekend, your garden, and your beautiful family, dear.

xoox,
-maria

ps: I love the little peeks into your home you've added on the right...when do get a whole house tour?? :)

ps: I said I was a dork, didn't I?? And I have OCD. I HAD to change those two little things. Had to.

PS~Erin said...

I must have missed these the first go 'round. So worth a re-post though. Precious little one and beautiful big one!!

DREAMER'S DEN said...

that's the biggest hydrangea i've ever seen!
and i love lilacs (they remind me of my Nana).

Mandy said...

My all time favorite flower, I just adore them !!!

ticklishfromadistance said...

I do remember this post, but could see it 100 times. That is just a priceless image, his sweet face, and I want whatever she is putting in her garden! I had a few bushes years ago that people would literally stop in the street while we sat on the porch and ask if they could come close to them and look as they were so huge and gorgeous you felt you had to be right next to them. I loved showing up with one or two to a friends as home as the reaction was always shock and awe. Beautiful! I planted three new bushes in the Fall that are looking wonderful, a gorgeous pale pink. Cannot wait to see.

mb said...

Somehow I missed looking at the photos from your house... Thanks Maria for pointing them out.

Nelya, your son is beautiful, I mean handsome. Beautifully handsome. What a grin.

How about the hydrangea? No kidding. I love hydrangea, especially white blooms. It reminds me of my grandparent's beach house. You are so fortunate to have access to them. In Dallas? Nope. We cannot grow anything that looks like that. (at least that I know of)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
mb from Dallas

The Zhush said...

OK, now I am head over heels too! With these three images and this whole post! Gorgeous!

The Shiny Pebble said...

Isn't that cutie ADORABLE! I hope you have that pictured framed somewhere.
Now, why kind of hydrangea is that. I love its shade and am planning on planting several of them by the courtyard that leads to the front door. Pleeeeeassssssse, let me know.
Hugs and kisses
catherine

fric and frac said...

Hydrangeas, lilacs, and viburnum! I love them all!!! That is the cutest picture of your son with his very own hydrangea umbrella!

susie q said...

I didn't know we could grow lilacs down here. Really. I want to see photos!! Your viburnum is fabulous! But, J is your most handsome blossom.

nkp said...

Susie: I didn't know either. My in-laws bought a bunch at Costco a few years ago and offered us a couple. We planted them, but have literally done nothing else to them. Which, actually, is pretty much our gardening M.O. Anyway, one has gotten rather large, the other sort of scrawny, but both let out one lovely bloom this year. So I guess they do grow here after all.

nkp said...

Thanks for all of your sweet comments everyone. Little J says thanks too! In his case it's more like "Tanks!"

Marija said...

What a sweet little guy! The flowers are adorable, too, but he got me to stop in my blog cruisin' tracks!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Marija

erin@designcrisis said...

I want to squeeze the cheeks!

Splendid Willow said...

Nelya, forget the flowers! J is about the cutest little guy I have ever seen! OMGosh - what a proud Mama you must be!

And like Maria, I just love little peaks into your lovely home. More please!

ox, Mon