In A Vase on Monday: Summer’s Hydrangeas

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Finding our Hydrangea shrubs covered in beautiful flowers has been a special joy for us this season.  It is the first time they have flowered in two years.

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We celebrate this hedge of Hydrangeas, which grows across the front of our home, when it is covered in blossoms.  Some years we enjoy their bounty for several months. Others we miss them because of winter’s damage to their buds, or because they are grazed by miscreant deer who find their way into the garden.

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This area of Virginia used to be reliably warm enough in winter to support our Hydrangea macrophylla shrubs without worry.  Our unusually cold winters lately have taken their toll.  All of our potted Hydrangeas on the deck were lost last winter, despite getting pulled up close to the house, out of the wind.

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And so we celebrate the survivors, here studded with the first stems of Lavender to bloom this summer.

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The antique coffee pot belonged to my partner’s mother.  It lost its lid along the way before it found its way to our home, and so it can be enjoyed filled with flowers.

Our minerals this week are these  little green pebbles of Malachite.

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I’m joining Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, and other gardeners all over the planet; in finding beautiful things growing in our gardens to bring inside today.  Appreciation to Cathy, again, for hosting this In A Vase on Monday meme.

I hope you will visit her page today to see her garden fairy, and to follow the  links in her comments to enjoy the many other beautiful floral arrangements photographed today.  You will find a plethora of interesting blogs to visit written by dedicated gardeners.

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Do you remember the “Flower Power” slogans of the 1960’s? 

We have finally realized that vision, enjoying the power of beautiful flowers to bring bloggers together,  in appreciation of one another’s efforts.

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