Before the 20 minutes of torrential rain that pummeled the neighborhood today, we had even happier and brighter blue blooms:
But after the storm? Yikes:
Let’s hope for an overnight recovery!
I think I will start giving people directions to my house as “Just look for the wall of blue hydrangeas that are color-coordinated with our shutters.”
(PS: I did not edit a single one of these photos. All of them are just as I captured them this morning. Kind of incredible!)
Stay tuned – let’s see how long we can keep this going!
There’s no denying it, hydrangea season is upon us. I’ll share some rolling updates of the beauties in and around our property (and as I remember to get outside and take the pictures, that is, haha).
The pretty one in the driveway, and the furthest ahead in blooming, thanks to its particularly sunny position:
Although I don’t love pink hydrangeas (blue and white for me!), I love that this one bloom is slightly confused about what color is should be, so it just settled on being all the colors:
Not to be outdone and not far behind in the blooming wars, our wall of hydrangeas are picking up steam along the front of the house:
And my favoritest of all of the fattest blooms have parked themselves dead center on the largest hydrangea bush (which also happens to sit front and center on the house):
How about a closeup:
Stay tuned for more updates!
(All photos courtesy of, and copyright of, Carrie Hoge.)
Admittedly, a plushly textured, oversized woolen cowl might not be the first knitting project that you reach for in the height of June. But, hey, look at it this way: you can get ahead on your knitting for next fall and winter! 🙂
Knit in the very lovely and very chunky Puffin single-ply yarn from Quince & Co., this reversible cowl has plenty of volume and plenty of texture, allowing you to style it however you choose. And even better, it knits up quickly with a simple-to-remember ribbed cowl pattern, so you could finish it in a weekend. Doesn’t that sound like an ideal vacation knitting project? Best of all, Puffin comes in a wide variety of colors, so you’re sure to find the shade that best suits you!
…like homemade, monster-sized and still-warm-from-the-oven strawberry shortcakes. With fresh whipped cream and strawberries macerated in sugar and orange zest, of course!
The recipe is from the gorgeous new cookbook, Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven. And while the dough needed a LOT more liquid to come together than what the recipe specifies, fear not: the end results were still delish.
Happy summery Sunday, all!
Well, it’s been a long time since my last post! But time flies when you’re traveling and working and doing all kinds of fun home stuff.
So it’s time to share the best pics from my annual sojourn to the Rochester Lilac Festival over Mother’s Day weekend with my mom! The weather on the morning that we went was less than hospitable, but we braved the rain and wind and cold to take it all in; the lilac blooms were nearly at their peak, if maybe a bit past, so it made the entire trip a beautiful adventure.
Below are some of my favorite shots that show off the display (and even some other flowers like pansies and viburnum) in all of their slightly-damp glory. If only this post came with Smell-A-Vision! Enjoy!