MY HYDRANGEA HEAVEN

I suggested  ‘Hydrangea Heaven”  to Penny McHenry when she asked me to name  her garden.

Penny  founded  The American Hydrangea Society. More on Penny and the redesign of her garden in another post….

The following photos are from the part of my garden I call ‘My Hydrangea Heaven’…..

Although she lights up the garden; Hydrangea quercifolia “Little Honey”  does not stay ‘little’ for long! (below)

Planted only two years later than the species to the right and catching up fast!

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’ has most unusual cupped sepals,

and waxy texture too…

One of my favorites for small bouquets Hydrangea serrata ‘Tomi-no-Mai’ above

An unknown lacecap above, and below, with an unknown mophead…

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hanabi’ AKA  “Fuji Waterfall’ and ‘Shooting Star’  below…

Whenever there is a hydrangea that strikes my fancy I always ask if I can take a cutting, if the name is unknown it does not deter me, after all  “what’s in a name?”

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ANOTHER BOUQUET

                                                                                                                     From the cutting garden. Only three stems…

                                                                                                                The fragrance…. intoxicating!

                                                                                                            

HYDRANGEA TOUR PART 2

                                                                     

The second garden on tour was that of Cheryl & Max Lenker.

It is a perfect English Style Cottage Garden; complete with rose arbor entrance, boxwood lined walk and welcoming plaque…

 The mixed borders are masterfully planted …

featuring an elegant shade structure that serves as focal point.

Adjacent to the house is an outdoor living room with all the accoutrements for gracious living & entertaining.

                                                                                                   

From this area one can enjoy the sound and sight of a split stream waterfall.

                                                                           

If one ascends to the upper level one crosses the waterfall.

Here the character of the garden changes and one discovers a quiet shaded walkway …

and a place for contemplation.

This garden has it all and of course the hydrangeas were fabulous!

We all see different elements in a garden, I have not touched on the amazing front of this house, so for more  on this garden see PRETTY OLD HOUSES  and LINDARAXA.

HYDRANGEA SOCIETY GARDEN TOUR 1

This weekend I attended American Hydrangea Society’s Annual Garden Tour with Julieta of the outstanding food blog LINDARAXA. This was the very first time we met in person, what a warm, delightful, accomplished and charming lady she is. We connected immediately.

Check her blog for a recipe of the most delicious banana muffins she baked for our mid morning snack,  I have to admit eating more than one on the drive home!

On with the tour, the first garden is that of Michele and Alan Browne….

                                                                                              

From the moment I saw the yatsuhashi bridge spanning the dry creek bed, I knew this garden was going to be special, and it was, on so many levels.

                                                                                      

Michele, did her homework, the garden perfectly compliments the architecture of her magnificent Arts & Crafts style house.

                                                                                                  

                                                                                                   

The Japanese influence was evident throughout.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                  

The lantern  (below) on the side of the path indicates that you are welcome to enter the garden, if it was placed ON the  path, it would mean they are not receiving.

                                                                                               

Along this path is a connoisseurs collection of hydrangeas, all young and recently planted,  Michele had to wait till the trees she planted grew enough to create the dappled shade the hydrangeas require. (this garden is only 6 years old)

Designed as a stroll garden it has the requisite water features or representaions thereof …

                                                                                             

As one comes round the back of the house one discovers  an outdoor room adjacent to the house…..

                                                                                                 

a courtyard with pergola (notice the repetition of the elephant leg columns, that make it one with the house) From this vantage point one can enjoy  a  dry landscape or meditation garden creating the illusion of water, promontory and rocky shore.

                                                                                            While typically raked sand, crushed slate is used here for ease of maintenance.

All in all, the clever use of conifers, japanese maples , and the Three Friends of Winter ( Black Pine Pinus thunbergii, Flowering Apricot Prunus mume & Bamboo) …..

                                                                                                      

the gardener has successfully created a garden of great beauty, serenity and harmony. BRAVA Michele!!

Thank you for the wonderful stroll.

MORE HYDRANGEAS

                                                                                           

Hydrangea season is in full swing. I have, over the last 15 years, been ‘collecting’ hydrangeas and devising many ways to display them in a garden setting. They bloom a very long time and even when they pass their ‘prime’  they are still very effective; in fact I love them more when they are faded.  They truly carry the southern garden throughout the summer months.

                                                                                         

lacecap above..

                                                                                           

H. macrophylla ‘Westfalen” above…

                                                                                        

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Jogasaki’

                                                                                           

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mme Emile Mouillere’, turning pale blue above..

                                                                                               

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ in the garden with companion Kerria japonica ‘Picta’  above..

                                                                                                 

The path leading to “The Circle of Friends” in my garden this morning … above

                                                                                          

Tomorrow on the American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour I am going to see beautiful gardens and more  hydrangea cultivars to lust over. Hope to see you there.

PROGRESS REPORT

Remember the little tomato plants ?

                                                                                     That was then….

                                                                                             

this is now.

Flowers are starting…we will have tomatoes soon.

THE BEST HYDRANGEA GARDENS

                                                                                      

Some of the best hydrangea gardens in Atlanta will be on tour  Saturday June 9th. Although this is a members only tour for THE AMERICAN HYDRANGEA SOCIETY,  one  can become a member/ buy a ticket, at several Atlanta Garden Centers or at  3  of the featured gardens on the day of the tour. (1 ticket $25.00 2 tickets $40.00)

                                                                                             

Gloria Ward, the tour chairperson, has selected 7  gardens, the main criteria for which is being well designed including beautiful hydrangeas.

                                                                                          

For more information visit HERE

 I hope to see you there.