Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Green Thumb?

Well, probably not...but my hydrangea is blooming!

Hello, Dear Ones! I just love hydrangeas, don't you? I know some of you have these huge bushes with these gorgeous flower balls all over them. Well, hydrangeas don't seem to like my flower beds...actually the reason is ~ Mr. Precious waters too much and they die!
So this is my hydrangea from last year that was put into a pot to just 'sit' in my flower bed.
And God smiled down and said, "Bloom little honey!" And she did! Woo Hooness!


Look! A little visitor to my garden! Isn't this just the most perfect picture? Well, I think so.



I was just so proud of my one big bloom, I decided to play and make some mosaics! Love this stuff! Can you love playing and making mosaics? Why you bet your little Miracle Grow you can! :)

She's a beauty!


Does anyone know when you can cut the hydrangea bloom to dry? I'd like to do that with my most perfect bloom.

Look! One more baby hydrangea on the way! I'm so happy! I can't wait to be the mama of another beautiful hydrangea bloom. You know I'm loving this stuff! I know, it doesn't take much to make me happy, I'm as happy as a butterfly on a hot pink hydrangea! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

A Daisy A Day

He remembers the first time he met her
He remembers the first thing she said
He remembers the first time he held her
And the night that she came to his bed
He remembers her sweet way of sayin'
"Honey has something gone wrong?"
He remembers the fun and the teasin'
And the reason he wrote her this song.

I'll give you a daisy a day
Dear I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.

They would walk down the street in the evenin'
And for years I would see them go by
And their love that was more than the clothes that they wore
Could be seen in the gleam of their eye
As a kid they would take me for candy
And I'd love to go taggin' along
We'd hold hands as we'd walk to the corner
And the old man would sing her his song.

I'll give you a daisy a day
Dear I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.

Now he walks down the street in the evenin'
And he stops by the old candy store
And I somehow believe he's believin'
He's holdin' her hand like before
For he feels all her love walkin' with him
And he smiles at things she might say
Then the old man walks up to the hilltop
And gives her a daisy a day.

I'll give you a daisy a day
Dear I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.

~ sung by Jim Strunk

46 comments:

  1. I just love them too but they won't grow here! They are a little masterpiece for sure! And that cute little frog...how sweet! Come say hi :D

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  2. One of my favorites as well. I planted a white one two years ago, and it continues to bloom each year. I planted another one this spring. Just love these! Not sure if they will ever be a large shrub like others I see, but certainly do enjoy the fact that they bloom for me. Your pink one is gorgeous. You captured some amazing shots! ~ Sarah

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  3. One of very favorite flowers and in that color....Gorgeous.....

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  4. I LOVE hydrangeas. We have lots of happy blue ones in our yard, but no pinks. I tried to turn one of the bushes pink...I got it from blue to purple and then fogot to keep on with the lime. Oh, well, I enjoyed yours! Linda

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  5. Shelia, you know I am in deep love with your hydrangea bloom. It is perfection. And, a baby on the way. How exciting!

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  6. Beautiful Hydrangea and pictures, Shelia. Gosh, the one with the butterfly is absolute perfection. Love the Mosaics. Leaving it in the pot in the flower bed is sure the only way I could get one to grow and bloom here in West Texas. Good idea!

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  7. How pretty! I planted a few this year -- let's see how they do -- I've NOT got a green thumb - at all!

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  8. Sheila, beautiful hydrangea blooms. I have one that was blue and really have not taken care of it. It was dug up out by our pond when the pond was enlarged and the root was thrown over by the house and it came back. Well, it did not bloom at all last year, but this year it has one flower and one bud so far. They came back white though. Kind of weird. Must be the soil. Looks like yours will come back, too. Tell him to quit over watering.

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  9. Beautiful Shelia! I love the picture that you captured with the moth.

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  10. That is a perfect picture indeed and your visitor knew when to come in. What a camera hog it was too but oh so cute.

    Have you tried cutting your hydrangea, soaking the stalk in glycerin, this way you keep the color? Takes a few weeks to do. I belive Martha Stewart has something on her site about this. If not I think I can remember how its done.

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  11. Sheila, it is a beauty!! I have 3 and they have yet to bloom this year, keeping fingers crossed that they do..lol... I hope someone helps you out with the drying process of your first beautiful bloom.. hugs ~lynne~

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  12. Lovely photos Shelia. The markings on that butterfly are so pretty!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  13. I looked oh her site, did not see what I was looking for. Google has a whole list of places to visit. http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=preserving+flowers+in+glycerine&aq=0&aqi=g2&aql=&oq=preserving+flowers+in+g&gs_rfai=CRDQrkyH9S7r0N5LmygSQj4DCBQAAAKoEBU_QAvz8&fp=af13392600948ca3

    For stems like hydrangeas, you have to smash the end of the branch with a hammer to loosen the fibers so it will take in the solution. I think it takes a month or maybe a bit longer but they do perserve well.

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  14. Oops, the link did not all show up. Google "Perserving Flowers With Glycerin".

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  15. They are such a pretty flower.
    Yours looks amazing!
    I like the new look in your china cabinet. Gorgeous dishes!

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  16. Oh Shelia,

    I LOVE your hot pink hydrangea....it is gorgeous!! I planted two Nikko Blue hydrangeas last year and they are blooming away this year but the blooms are light pink instead of blue (my soil is not right for blue). Your little butterfly visitor is also perfect with that wonderful bloom.

    Hope you have a great day.♥

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  17. Beautiful pink blooms, Sheila! I love it. You can dry them, but have to wait until later on, when they feel sort of papery to the touch is the best time to cut them. If you do it too early, they will just wilt.

    My big blue Endless Summer is covered in blooms right now & I just took pics of it.

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  18. Hi Shelia! What a beautiful hydrangea! I love the color! I have a hydrangea in a pot but mine is more of a pale pink. I need to take pictures of it. I didn't think it was gonna make it but it is huge now! I love the mosaic you made of it. Have a great day!
    Sandra

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  19. You aren't kidding, woohooness! It is GORGEOUS! Love this, Shelia!

    I have no clue about cutting them to dry because I just usually have them cut already and leave them till they dry. ;-) Does that help???

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  20. Lovely. Because of our soil, all our hydrangeas are a creamy white at first and then turn a pinkish orange. When they turn, at the end of summer, I simply cut them and plot them in a vase without water and they dry within a week and last all winter. I still have a big vase full on my mantle.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  21. So pretty! When we moved into our house 7 years ago, there was a beautiful pink hydrangea bush under the bedroom window. It did fine until we had to move away for a year and it was not taken care of like it should of been. So, sad to say, when we moved back it was dead. I still miss it but have yet to plant another one.

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  22. Dearest Shelia,
    May you have a super Wednesday!
    Your flowers are beautiful.

    I remember the first time I saw one of these flowers in Texas. I'd heard that everything is so much bigger in Texas and Texas is like a whole different country.

    Being from Kansas, I came to new understanding that this is true!

    With a great deal of respect,
    d

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  23. Shelia, these are my FAVORITE flowers! I LOVE hydrangeas and yours are beautiful!!

    Gorgeous photos too!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  24. How special Pickle to have a Butterfly land while you had your camera...did you know if you put old nails in the soil your plant will turn blue...Hope you having a great day my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  25. Hi Sheila! Love your hydrangea, and the pic with the butterfly is perfect! I know how it feels to be a flower Mom, I have wallet size shots of my snow peas ;)-enjoy!

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  26. Beautiful Bloom and beautiful photos, Sheila!

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  27. I am so glad you got a bloom. Mine won't be ready for a few more weeks at least..
    Instead of Miracle Grow feed them Holly Tone, spring and fall. They love the stuff. ( The farmer here who raises them told me that when I bought mine)
    They love water, but maybe he was flooding it?
    I dry them every year to use in wreaths..and then you can even spray them..I did gold for a wedding anniversary.
    Good luck!
    There are several ways to dry them..just google it..

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  28. Mercy me.....your butterfly picture looks like a professional took it!!! How gorgeous!!! My Hygrangea is about to bloom as well. I'm not sure what color yet, I have three blooms!!! Crazy thing, that sweet little bush wilts during the day and then in the morning and evening looks absolutely gorgeous!! I thinks that poor thing is getting too much sun during peak time!!! Hopefully, it will bloom before it wilts to much!!!

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  29. What an absolutely gorgeous color on that hydrangea! I admire my neighbor's bush since I have issues with a brown thumb....
    hugs, Sue

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  30. Hi Sheila,
    Oh that is a most perfect bloom and the most perfect butterfly on it! I hope there are many more to come.
    Valerie

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  31. "you bet your little Miracle Grow you can" Woo Hooness, indeed! You crack me up, Shelia!

    You have the most perfect bloom I have ever seen. ♥ your mosaics!

    I laughed to read those who had blue ones wanted to turn them pink & those who had pink or white ones want them blue. We're never satisfied, huh? LOL

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  32. Gorgeous Hydrageneas Sheila!! Love the color of that one and the butterfly?? Are you sure you didn't just learn how to use Photoshop and place that in there to fool us? How perfect of a photo is that? Wow! You couldn't have found one so nice on the web my friend. How's the new grandbaby doing? Sorry I have not been around here lately....I never forgot you and think of you often. I still pray for your daughter and new baby too. I'll be back after I get my garden planted. I see you have plenty of good blogger friends to keep you company until I get back...hee hee...Have a grand summer!!

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  33. I'm so happy for you that your hydrangea bloomed! It's gorgeous!

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  34. I haven't got a halfway decent shot of a butterfly yet this year, so I take my hat (if I wore one) off to you for this gorgeous one you caught! I can't grow hydrangeas. Maybe I water them too much too. I've had several and they poop out on me before I ever see a bloom.
    Brenda

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  35. I have three bushes growing in my garden now and they are starting to bloom.
    I love your photos and I'm so glad that another is on its way! Such a pretty shade of pink.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  36. Shelia, m'love...I cannot wait until the day you post little video's of you playing and singing your songs...I CANNOT wait for the day. Yes..yes...I KNOW I have to wait..but it's hard! ( I mean difficult!)
    How neat that would be!
    Just sayin' (as they say.. ;)
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  37. My "tiny" mind??? LOL! ;-)

    Shelia, I just wanted to thank you for your birthday wishes to Mr. Magpie. He appreciated it SOOOOOO much and was all smiles over the phone. Yes, he is where I am not, but I will see him soon.

    And I also want to wish you a Happy Memorial Day. I will be MIA for a few days from my blog (got things I have to do), but I will check in with you when I return.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. Gorgeous, Shelia!

    I have always heard to leave the hydrangea blooms uncut until you think they are almost to the end of bloom time then wait a little bit more, then cut. Put them in a vase with a little bit of water and when that water is gone, just leave them there and they should dry okay. I cut some last year and just let them dry in a basket. They were beautiful all winter but they've now lost all color.

    After that long and rambling comment, you must know, I am no expert and should not be giving advice on drying hydrangea!LOL

    Happy Weekend!

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  39. Sheila- I think maybe you DO have a green thumb. Mine are blooming profusely, but I CANNOT seem to get a blue one. I buy blue; they bloom pink :) I have tried adjusting the soil....just God reminding me Whose in charge I guess :) I am headed to our Botanic Garden this morning just to see all the hydrangeas in bloom. Take care and have a good MD weekend!

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  40. Sheila- I think maybe you DO have a green thumb. Mine are blooming profusely, but I CANNOT seem to get a blue one. I buy blue; they bloom pink :) I have tried adjusting the soil....just God reminding me Whose in charge I guess :) I am headed to our Botanic Garden this morning just to see all the hydrangeas in bloom. Take care and have a good MD weekend!

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  41. Happy Memorial Weekend my friend…Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  42. Shelia they are truly amazing and GORGEOUS! Love that pretty pink color.

    Thank you so much for your kind words about me and my hubby. You always make me smile sweet friend.

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
    ~Melissa :)

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  43. Shelia, your hydrangea is stunning. Your photos do justice to that beautiful bloom. Love the butterfly. A great shot.

    I think they can be picked to dry just as they began to fade out. They will do well without water. The color will last a while but eventually they turn brown.

    Thank you for sharing your new children. Smile!!!
    Love, Jeanne

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