Growing Healthy Hydrangeas

June 7th, 2012

I get asked a lot by friends and passing neighbors about the hydrangeas in our front yard.  We’ve been growing ours for over a decade and have several healthy plants that frame the porch ever summer, and I look forward to the multiple and easy bouquets they produce each year. 

There are dozens of varieties of hydrangeas, most are classified as mophead with ball shaped blooms or lacecap with flat delicate clusters.  We have three different varieties of mophead hydrangeas in our yard, the white ‘Anabelle’, the raspberry ‘Pink Shira’ and the delicate pink ‘Macrophylla’ by the front door.  

front yard hydrangeas

Truth is, we got lucky with this mophead variety in our front yard years ago.  We also planted a few bushes in our backyard (which gets hot afternoon sun) and we utterly failed trying to grow them there.  However, these hydrangeas in our east facing front yard grow healthy and tall with dozens of mophead blooms every year, and with minimal effort.  The lesson?  The biggest factor that contributes to healthy hydrangea growth is absolutely location. 

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7 Essential Pieces

June 6th, 2012

The other day I sat down to read a book I’ve been wanting to read for a few weeks. The mother and daughter design team of Suzanne and Lauren McGrath have answered one of the most important design questions we all ask about making the right furniture purchases for our home – what are the choices you can make that will last a lifetime?

In their informative book Good Bones, Great Pieces: Seven Essential Pieces That Will Last a Lifetime, they explain in great detail why their seven choices are so versatile and timeless they actually will last for decades and through several phases of life, even if you give them a few makeovers over the years!

good bones great pieces book review

I’ve been reading the blog Good Bones, Great Pieces for a year now, and I’m always impressed with this dynamic duo.  Suzanne and Lauren are constantly on the go, hunting down incredible finds at flea markets and antique fairs and featuring the best trends in design.  Their spaces keep popping up in all the shelter magazines too, and rightfully so, these two have fabulous taste!

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