Dear French Hydrangea~

Dear French Hydrangea,

I’ve long been an admirer of your vibrant hues.

I must confess I have spent

more time with your cousins,

Annabelle and Oakleaf.

While I enjoy their company,

I have heard the unkind words

and criticisms said behind your back.

That your color

is too vivid. . .

Too artificial. . .

Too BLUE. . .

. . .and that you would not

fit in or

mingle comfortably. . .

. . .with the rest of the

colors in my garden.

My advice to you is to ignore

their petty jealousies

and snide remarks.

For while their whites are soothing and beautiful,

each one of your mophead blooms

is a brilliantly colored bouquet!

You define the South

like Sweet Tea.

You can do what they cannot. . .

 . . .with the ability to change the color

of your dress from pink to blue.

I look forward to spending

more time in your company~

Love, Me

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Little Red House for Mosaic Monday~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Rose Vignettes for Fresh Cut Friday~

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  41 comments for “Dear French Hydrangea~

  1. June 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Your French Hydrangea is a beauty and her vivid colors really appeal to me. Love the way you styled “her”,on the porch with the gray bench, and I’m ready for a glass of tea… it’s already hot and muggy here, and it isn’t even 8 am.
    Have a great weekend…hope it’s cooler at your house.

  2. June 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I think your hydrangeas are stunningly beautiful. They have made my morning! Enjoy your Saturday!


  3. June 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

    A favorite of mine, the rich colors, the spectrum of hues. We have a large white one but it cannot match the magnificence of the smaller ones in the front. Wonder how she feels about crepe myrtle? beautiful setting and pictures by the way. :)

  4. Karin Long
    June 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    My absolute favorite flower!! I have a garden full of them…..all kinds and colors! In fact, I am watering them right now as it has been so hot here in North Carolina this past week….and no rain :( Thanks for sharing this…I love it!

  5. Kimberlie Rice
    June 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Is there a way to keep potted hydrangeas alive. I have a screened in porch at my condo in Missouri. I have been told they need to be planted in the ground, they are not meant for a potted garden.

  6. June 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful photos,

  7. Linda Kemp
    June 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful pictures. We used them in my daughter’s wedding and reception. Bridesmaids wore navy blue and the interior of the church was palest blue. It was lovely. Thanks for bringing back precious memories.

  8. June 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I love , love love them! Any color any variety! Up here it is a great year for them, too!

  9. June 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    They are absolutely stunning! While I love the whites and pale hues, these are such an amazing vibrant pop of color, just beautiful!

  10. June 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Love this post. I don’t know this hydrangea, and I plan to find out if it cane grow in my area. Photos are stunning!

  11. June 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I adore hydrangeas. Any variety and color is fine with me. They are such a beautiful flower. Your photos are wonderful.

  12. Vincette Hubbard
    June 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    forward to French Hydrangea,—you are so beautiful you take my breath away. Please come and live in my backyard love Vincette

  13. June 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Mary, another perfect post. I love the color of French Hydrangeas. Yours are gorgeous.
    Sadly our Endless Summers are looking sad in the heat and humidity of this St Louis Summer. I don’t know why. Hope they perk up soon!

  14. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the specks of color in the second pic! I love bright colors and think these are just fab-enjoy:@)

  15. June 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Stunning! I was not familiar with the French variety!

  16. Pondside
    June 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Mmmm – those colours are wonderful. They remind me of the colours of the rhodos that I so love in May and June. It’s lovely to have those shades later in the summer too.

  17. June 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and I love the weathered furniture too. At one of our local restaurants the label it southern tea(sweet) or northern tea. Kinda cute.

  18. June 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Mary, French hydrangeas are always welcome here as are her cousins. ;-)
    Beautiful way to start my morning – thank you!

  19. June 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have the enormous blue ones Mary. My grandmother did too at her home in S.C. and I cannot see them without thinking of her and those blooms flanking the front door.

  20. June 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love your beautiful hydrangea. The color is one of my favorites. Lovely displays and the bird houses are cute. Lovely post, Mary!

  21. June 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Gorgeous hydrangeas, such deep beautiful colors.

  22. Vee
    June 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    How lovely! I don’t know a lot about hydrangeas, though I do think that this French variety is rich and elegant. Beautiful photos and a beautiful mosaic!

  23. June 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and these are such vibrant blues! I love your little watering can. Everything is lovely!

  24. June 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I am starting to think that we are all a little bewitched by the hydrangea this year. Your blooms are just stunning….I love the colors!

  25. Valerie
    June 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Love the colours of the hydrangeas and the composition of your seating arrangements. Valerie

  26. June 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    You’re so right about hydrangeas being “southern” like sweet tea. And I don’t blame those other flowers a bit for being a little jealous. The hydrangeas are quite sassy in their splendor.

  27. Cathy
    June 25, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Oh my!!! How very beautiful!!!!! Wishing you a wonderful week!

  28. QMM
    June 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I love her. She is my very favorite flower. Hard tell how many time I have put paint to canvas to sing her praises.

  29. Al Holness
    June 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Gardening is usually my passion simply because it really aids myself to enjoy and relax. I like to grow flowers both indoors as well as outside the house. My own favorite plants are usually tropical ornamental plants and flowers as well as fruit bearing plants.

  30. June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

    They are beautiful! I don’t have any to enjoy here, but I do love them.

  31. June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous. I have a hydrangea that I’m trying to baby along. It was given to me as a gift. Looks good, but no blooms … maybe next year. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy yours!

  32. June 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Oh wow, the color is unreal, so vibrant. I’ll have some lemon iced tea also. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  33. June 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Totally stunning!

    Susan and Bentley

  34. June 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

    WOW, these are refreshing and absolutely GORGEOUS~

  35. June 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    As you can see, I am trying to catch up on the posts I missed last week! You posted this as I was driving to OBX:) I have to say I LOVE these gorgeous, vibrant colors too. I love my blues and whites too but these are simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing mORE of the beauty that surrounds you. XO, Pinky

  36. June 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Your hydrangeas are such a vivid hue–so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures with us, and have a fantastic weekend.

  37. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    July 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Love, love your hydrangeas…Mine seem to have gone crazy this year…I just love the vivid pinks, blue and gorgeous purples….Always love seeing things staged against the backdrop of that beautiful bench!

  38. July 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    The bolder, deeper colors of your hydrangeas are gorgeous!
    Mary Alice

  39. July 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

    My post is about hydrangeas too this week, your blues are stunning but I have pink, white & green in my Normandy garden.

  40. July 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Magnifique !
    I love the colors of your “hortensia” and I love also your seating arrengements !!! Un post charmant….

  41. Liz
    July 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Totally breath taking! The colors are magnificent. I love hydrangea anyway but these are amazing. REALLY! :)
    Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday! :)

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