To counteract the entirely masculine post from yesterday here is a frankly feminine post regarding another one of my favorite flowers, and one that has significant intrinsic meaning to me, the hydrangea.
Its sturdy wooden stems and lace-like pompom of star shaped flowers packed closely together and tethering in the breeze nestled by large, gracefully shaped leaves is a vivid visual image and memory of my childhood. My Grandma and Pawpaw used to have a GORGEOUS hydrangea bush on the side of their yard that was the most intense shade of blue I have ever seen. It was HUGE and spanned roughly the entire right side of their house. When I would go visit them as a kid I would oftentimes pick the petals and scatter them in the yard and throw them in the air like confetti and watch the blue cascade back down to earth like fallen pieces of the Carolina blue sky. I was captivated by this. Later on in my life my Meme became very ill with cancer. While she was in the hospital my boyfriend and his family brought her a stunning bright pink potted hydrangea. After she passed away we planted this in the yard at her house in remembrance of her so that every time we saw it it was like she was with us. If you know anything about hydrangeas they range in color from white to pale blue to royal blue to deep violet and pink depending on the acidity of the soil. Well the acidity of the soil in the ground was different from the pot it was originally in so over the past few years not only have we been able to watch this single cutting in a pot bloom and blossom into a large bountiful bush but also to watch the pink slowly transition towards blue. Right now it is the most breathtaking and intense shade of violet I have ever seen. Here is a cutting of it on our kitchen table:
and in the yard (note: this picture is from an upcoming project I can't wait to share with you, I don't actually water my plants in cocktail couture....or do I?):
The variations in the colors is unreal
I love the quirky quality to these oddly shaped ones
GORGEOUS ( these were the color of my Meme's potted cutting)
And so here I leave you with some equally breathtaking hydrangeas that won't wilt or fade:
Handmade porcelain hydrangea vase (for displaying a cutting from a beautiful bush); hydrangea watercolor (the softness of this is enchanting); delicate silver hydrangea petal necklace
Royal icing sugar cookie made to match the hydrangea tablecloth (way to pretty to eat); hydrangea wall art (done with stencils!); delightfully delicate hydrangea scarf (want this!); hydrangea inspired drawer pull; hydrangea wallpaper ( a little traditional for my taste but could be a knock out with some killer modern furniture)
And come on, I die
Summer in the English countryside much? Amazing. Want to be here RIGHT NOW.
Hope your day blossoms and blooms with color, vibrancy, hope, happiness, and life,