Friday, June 14, 2013 does your garden grow?

Such a wonderful surprise when I arrived home last Saturday evening.........
the hydrangeas were in full bloom and unexpectedly abundant.

Due to gallons of rainwater, perfect temperatures, and 
earlier efforts with fertilizer........
I was welcomed by my garden favorites. Yesterday I 
worked outside for a few hours weeding, pruning and 
trimming other shrubs......then cutting a bunch of 
these beauties to bring into the house for the weekend.

Click pic to enlarge.

Linking to Claudia's A Favorite Thing Saturday at Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I love how this blog party keeps going. I must admit I was unable to join in whilst on the recent Japan/Russia trip, due to Internet speed/cost when out in remote places in the world, but I'm back now and hope to catch up soon.


  1. Ooooh, my goodness Mary what a sight to greet a weary traveller! The attention you've paid them has served dividends, I don't think I've seen quite so many wonderful blooms :o)
    On another note, hope you spied some bargains at Suzannes ;o)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Love and hugs
    Rose H

  2. What a pretty treat to come home to Mary.

  3. That is indeed a warm welcome! Your hydrangeas look beautiful against the backdrop of your pretty yellow house.
    This has been a great year in the garden so far this season. Nothing like rainfall to give the plants a thorough soaking.
    Welcome home, Mary.

  4. Hi Mary,

    Your hydrangeas are so very pretty, as is your front porch and surrounding property! How lucky you are to be living in such a beautiful landscape. It really is picture perfect! Thanks for sharing your idyllic images; they made me smile!


  5. LOVE hydrangeas-- wish I had some!

  6. What a fabulous greeting home! Not sure if I would ever leave:)

  7. I love, love hydrangeas. Mine are just beginning to bloom. What a welcome home for you! That bush is so lush and beautiful. Do they last all summer long, or peter out in the heat? Our temps are cool enough that we have blooms through September, although the colors deepen and change later on.

  8. Beautiful Mary! We have hydrangea bushes at our new home! But....they had been neglected for two years. I trimmed them back this spring ( a little late, I think). They are blooming now, but the flowers are small and the leaves are not as green or lush as yours. I guess I need to do a little research on how to take care of them.

  9. Your website and flowers are just beautiful. So glad that I stopped by!

  10. I've hung a map onto the wall where I can see Kamtschatka. Glad to hear you are back safe. :-)

  11. They are just gorgeous! What a lovely sight to come home to.

  12. Hi Mary,

    Oh my goodness - your hydrangeas are beautiful - they remind me of the ones on Cape Cod. What a lovely welcome home for you to find them in bloom.
    Have a lovely day.

  13. I love your beautiful hydrangea bushes. How lucky your are to have so many. Glad I discovered you on Claudia's favorite things. What wonderful places you've been, new follower!

  14. Gorgeous hydrangeas.........your hard work pays off great dividends. I am looking forward to reading more about your trip.....glad you are safely home.
    Farm Gal in VA

  15. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. They are one of my favorite flowers as well. Welcome home. You've had a fabulous adventure.

  16. What a perfect welcome home after your fantastic travels!

  17. It's as if the hydrangeas got together and thought of the best possible way to welcome you home!
    They are gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  18. How beautiful your hydrangeas are! We have always lived in the desert - too hot for the pretty H. But, now we live in the mountains. I wonder if it is still too hot? Do they like some shade - afternoon shade?

  19. A very beautiful greeting. I love hydrangeas and your flowers are beautiful.

  20. Your garden grows beautiful hydrangeas. I'm envious! ;-) I have to get my hydrangeas at the flower market.
    Welcome home. We've missed you! ~ Sarah

  21. Those are incredibly gorgeous! Welcome back home from your travels. I hope you get caught up with your laundry, LOL.


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