All Things Bright & Beautiful…


This is for Topsy Turvy – my hydrangea bush above. As you can see, TT, it’s leafing out nicely now. I got outside this morning and took as many photos around the gardens as my camera would allow. It always loses its battery power after I’ve taken a lot of photos. Today I took over 120 of them and at the end, it had stopped. I know I need a new camera but for various reasons, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

If you have a few minutes, here’s a slideshow of this morning’s shots of various growing things around Crow Cottage. The more trees, shrubs, flowers, bushes, and yes, even weeds we have here on our little plot of land, the happier I am.

You can click the big arrow and see the slideshow or click the name of the set above that and go to stills.

I know a lot of them are repetitive. I have a hard time culling out the less-than-ideal photos so I just leave most of them in. Sorry about that.

Now TT, I have given you two photos so far of my hydrangea, so I’m waiting for one or more of yours soon… so we can compare the different types. Like I said before, mine was a tiny plant, blue flowers on it, that I got at the food store the very first year we lived here, back in 1987. I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to cut it back so that’s what I did each year, and lo and behold it went many years as a small tiny plant before I learned not to cut the stems off each year, and it’s finally started getting bigger. It was only about 8 inches high in a small pot when I bought it.

I just put these photos up at Flickr, and I am going to go in and put captions on them now. That may take a while.


Ta ra, keep gardening if you can, and stop and smell the lilacs!


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13 Responses to All Things Bright & Beautiful…

  1. Anna says:

    Gorgeous. I dream of owning a small field one day and making a garden – I love the natural look of yours – beautiful xx


  2. Bex says:

    Most everything in our property has been planted by us. Rather than talk about it here, I put it all as the next journal entry…


  3. Bex says:

    Nina, yes, I am a fan of John Rutter, and have given you two renditions one here above and one in the blog entry. I love this one here particularly…


  4. Neva Williams says:

    Thanks for posting your slide show, Bex. Your photos make me a bit homesick.


  5. TopsyTurvy says:

    Bex, I am so jealous of what your garden looks like right now. We’re starting to green up, even with our near freezing temps last night and tonight, but you’re way ahead of us. But in a couple more days we’re supposed to be back to temps in the 60s and 70s, and then I think our flowers will start coming to life again – but we have to make it through a possible frost tonight, first.

    I looked quickly at my hydrangea yesterday, as DH and I were going in and out of the house. I was surprised to see that the uppermost leaves were actually more than an inch long! When I’d looked at them just a few days ago they were only about a third of an inch long.

    I’ll try to remember to take a picture of the hydrangea in the next day or so.


  6. Nina Camic says:

    Wow!Paradise! Did you plant it all over the years? How can one not love May! All things bright and beautiful indeed! (Are yo a John Rutter fan?)


  7. Nina Camic says:

    You can actually manipulate the color of some hydrangea plants by putting lime into the soil: they’ll go from blue to white to pink, depending on the soil content.

    Now let me look at your photos…


  8. Eric Mayer says:

    You sure have some gorgeous surroundings there but a lot of work.


  9. Bonnie says:

    Daughter had a ‘Glory’ hydrangea sent to me from Flowers to Go. Poor thing did not realize hydrageneas won’t grow here. I wonder if I put it in a better pot if I can keep it in the house for awhile?

    Your place is beautiful btw!


  10. Bex says:

    Star jasmine, Rhu? I will look that up. We have had some wild jasmine vines/trees growing around in the wild place behind the house for years and the neighbor just keeps pulling it up. But I think I remember smelling its aroma when I was working over that far side of the house. I am going to see about getting some star jasmine now…


  11. sandy freel says:

    “WOW”…what a nice view of all your green and blooming:-)..Thanks for taking the time to do this for us


  12. Rhubarb says:

    Lovely pictures. The star jasmine has bloomed in my back yard, and the whole place smells heavenly.


  13. l'empress says:

    Years ago, my dad brought home a small hydrangea like that. It was lavender when he bought it, but after a year or so, its blossoms were blue.

    Dad said it was low on iron, and he just pounded a couple of iron nails into the ground. Dad was terrific with flowers. Sadly, I am not.


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