The new hydrangea is in full bloom right now, and looks so fresh in the mornings—almost pretty enough to make me wake up before noon. I absolutely adore this photograph. I think it could be the cover of Yankee Magazine or Martha Stewart Living if I do say so myself, lol. Clickable of course.
S H A D E G A R D E N — This photo was shot this morning on the north side of the house in my shade garden. The lighting is pretty much the textbook definition of 'dappled.' The hydrangea has settled into a lovely pinkish lavender hue, which contrasts beautifully with the newly-primed clapboards and the existing teal shutters. The final coat will be a very slightly darker salmon, and we're thinking of keeping the teal trim for the doors and shutters, which is a paint by a company that replicates Sturbridge Village colonial-era paint hues from actual historic paint chips. This view reminds me of a slightly more colorful version of Grey Gardens, minus the interior raccoons, prompting me to consider naming the house Pink Gardens... : )