Monday, June 7

true blue


It is absolutely beautiful here, but it was a hot  week in New York!  But the good news is, the hydrangeas are out in full force.  I wish I could get a photo of the whole row of them to share – but there are other bushes stopping me from getting back far enough to get them all in.   About 3 years ago, I decided as much as I love tomatoes, I really wanted hydrangeas.   So we planted them along the southern exposure of the house, and now we have a hedge over 40 feet long.  I am in love!  

As for the tomatoes, this year we are trying those upside down planters, and one pot on the deck.  I cannot wait to see how they come out.  What’s better than a homegrown tomato still warm from the sun? 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!




  1. These are beautiful Stephanie!! I was looking thru my hydrangea photos last night from our garden in New Zealand. I miss them. I had planted a hedge of them the summer before and wished that I could see them again. Just beautiful...I would love to see yours...40 ft. Wow!
    You have to take a photo of the whole hedge for me,
    I would love to see it :)

    Jeanne xx

  2. OK, Stephanie I was just at "The Pleasures of Homemaking" and saw your comment about not being able to find great bargains at thrift shop in NY. I thought, I couldn't agree more! I live in NY and never come close to finding the bargains that the rest of these ladies find.

    Then I came to visit your blog.You have some beautiful photography. We must live VERY close. I saw the post about the parade in your small village. I tried to send you an email, but can't seem to find yours on your blog. I'd love to hear from you. Perhaps we can share what we know about the few bargains there are in this area! LOL!

    - The Tablescaper

  3. Stephanie, wow your Hydrangeas look beautiful, you must have good aluminium rich soil to keep them nice and blue. I bought some blue ones a couple of years ago, but they reverted back to pink in our soil, I put some stuff on them to make them blue again and then they went purple, which was actually quite pretty but not blue.
    I agree with Jeanne more hydrangea pictures please.

  4. they are just beautiful! i have loved them ever since i went to nantucket about 20 years ago. i've tired growing them and have some, they NEVER flower?? must not like it here! beautiful my friend!! susan

  5. I love these flowers. When we lived in Georgia, we had beautiful purple ones. I would cut them and bring them inside to enjoy. They are a very sturdy plant too.

  6. wow stephanie. gorgeous. i dont have any of those. i have found through all my blog friends and their beautiful flowers that i need a garden overhaul. i dont plant tomatoes anymore. my inlaws plant lots so we just eat their leftovers.

  7. Ahhh...those flowers are SO beautiful!!! I'll look forward to hearing how your hanging tomatoes do. I don't know if they would survive our Arizona heat during the summer!

  8. Hello Stephanie, I love hydrangea & your photo is gorgeous. I'm growing tomatoes for the very first time this year. It's heirloom so it's a little longer before it blooms & we get tomatoes. Have a great week!

  9. i adore hydrangea — how lucky you are to have them in your yard! i agree it is VERY hot in the tristate area lately, not that i'm complaining :) have a great day!

  10. Forty feet?! I think I may die of envy. They are LOVELY Stephanie. Between your garden and your photography skills you inspire and impress me every time!

    xx Katie

  11. You are right! I can think of few things better than homegrown, sun ripened tomatoes. They are divine!

  12. Wow. that is fantastic. We moved into this home that had nothing but grass all around it. I want to plant a hedge of hydrangeas as well. I hope it thrives like yours did.