Friday, April 15, 2011

Limelight Dreams

The dining patio is beginning to stir after months of wintry stillness. 

Thanks to the few hours of sunshine we're getting between the spring rains, the Limelight Hydrangea are budding. 



  It's hard to believe that those little buds will grow into such large fluffy blossoms. 

The dining patio becomes a Limelight oasis by mid-summer. 

















As the late summer nights begin to cool, the Limelight blossoms fade to a soft pink.

Happy hydrangea dreams to you!

60 comments :

  1. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! Lovely!

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  2. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers too! Your dining patio looks so levely and tranquil. Hoping you have many enjoyable summer evenings there this year!
    ~Brooke

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  3. I love those photos of your patio. Makes me want to break out the grill!

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  4. I'm always so content after a dose of all that elegance and purity—sorry we live so far apart!

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  5. Hi Trina, I've never waited so much with baited breath for the popping of Spring, as I do here in England. Back home in Melbourne we do have a decent Spring, but it arrives much quicker and after a less brutal winter...so I've been watching almost daily for signs of green on the hedgerows, trees etc and marvelling at the dafffs and now the tulips popping up everywhere! A bit of bad weather really makes one appreciate the warmer seasons! Robx

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  6. hi trina,

    this dining patio is the stuff of dreams. now i imagine it with toddlers. life is good.

    xo
    janet

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  7. LOVE hydrangeas! I am so inspired by all the growth happening now in the yard. What a special time of the year!

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  8. so pretty! what a lovely blog you have here, i am so happy to have found you. can you believe it was snowing here (vancouver) yesterday and it's brilliant sunshine today. We want spring!!

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  9. Such a lovely spot! I love your photos and your hydrangeas! I've never had luck with them, yet...I hope to someday!
    Happy Weekend!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  10. Your dining porch is so beautifully serene. I know you are ready to begin using it. Our spring has FINALLY arrived in NC and it is glorious!! My hydrangeas are already green but no flowers yet. :)

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  11. OK, my single bush will never look as gorgeous as yours but I'm thrilled to say that it survived the winter and has teeny tiny buds as well!! ;)
    Can't wait to see everything in full bloom on your property.
    Happy Friday to you Trina.
    xo~
    T

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  12. Beautiful! Our hydrangeas have buds just waiting to burst open. Can't wait!!

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  13. I'm dreaming of hydrangeas too! The ones on my patio are starting to bud....and it makes me so happy! I have 1 pink and two blue. I'm not sure of the exact names though..I wish I knew.

    Happy dreaming to you!

    -Gail

    P.S. How are the babies?

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  14. I love your patio! What a wonderful place to share a meal and the hydrangeas are so pretty. We love eating outside when the weather cooperates. Can't wait for the sun to come out and for the weather to warm up.

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  15. Very pretty! It's the little things in the springtime that make us smile!

    Happy Weekend!

    XO,
    Janie

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  16. so very pretty. I can imagine lovely evenings under the stars with your little twins twinkling.
    pve

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  17. Such a lovely space... and blog! Glad I found you. You're in my blogroll now... ;)

    Cielo

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  18. Oh I'm just about to order some new blooms for the garden and you've made me come over all Hydrangea now! How lovely is your outside dining room!?? Thanks for the inspiration. x

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  19. Beautiful hydrangeas!
    Have a sweet day!

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  20. Oh Trina, this is so lovely.
    I love hydrangeas and these limelight are exquisite!
    The patio looks so charming and inviting - sweet dreams!

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  21. yummie... mine are sprouting... and i love the new photo! (i loved th old one too) xx

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  22. my pee gees have just the very promise of buds and they are my favorite.

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  23. I am in love with Limelight hydrangeas!! I have quite a few in my own gardens. Your patio is so pretty! Have a great weekend!
    Paula

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  24. Hydrangeas are gorgeous and your patio looks so beautiful. How lovely to have that to look forward to.

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  25. Hi Trina, your blog and home are just beautiful. I was just reading through it and it brought happy tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your two little blessings. I also went through IVF when I was 38 and had my angel Nicholas and later adopted another little boy. God does work in mysterious ways. Enjoy those little ones because they grow so fast.
    Marianne :)

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  26. You are amazing. All the joy & love inside with your babies and you take time to notice hydrangea starting to leaf.

    Garden & Be Well, XO TAra

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  27. This went straight to my hydrangea heart! Love it!

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  28. you have my dream home!!!! And that patio with those gorgeous hydrangeas..... oh it makes my heart skip! I absolutely love what you've done to your place~ inside and out!!!!!!!

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  29. I just noticed yesterday little signs of life on my hydrangeas... so happy. Your patio is sheer perfection and gets me so excited about Spring and Summer coming!! Thanks, I needed that;)
    xoj.

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  30. Hydrangea's are just beautiful. I love all colours. Mimi x

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  31. The patio even looks beautiful right now. So simple and elegant.

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  32. We bought some limelights to add to our yard last year because of your posts about yours! Can't wait to see their growth this year. Yours were so beautiful on your patio and I think they are just a few years old, is that correct?
    Love your home, blog and photos of your babies. We are crazy for babies at this house and our three are sadly all grown. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...relax and enjoy.... teenage years are not nearly as fun!
    stylishserendipity.blogspot.com

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  33. I can't wait for my hydrangeas to bloom! Beautiful photographs & blog.
    :) Jacklyn

    jacklynsgarden.blogspot.com

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  34. I just purchase my second limelight hydrangea to plant close to my first that is 4 years old! Love the green color that turns to pink and here in the Pacific Northwest of Washington I can definitely plant them in southern exposure!

    ~Chris

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  35. Hydrangeas are my favourite, but unfortunately they don't grow so well where I am.

    Enjoy your patio with your beautiful babies.

    TDM xx

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  36. Beautiful photos~ I just love hydrangeas~ :)Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  37. Love these! We have them too in wild colors!
    Your patio looks so comfortable! And soon the sounds of your little ones will fill it too!

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  38. Oh, I love hydrangeas but they will NOT grow here at such a high elevation. My mother-in-law and I adore them and have tried everything but just not happening! Thank you for sharing yours, so very lovely.
    P.S. I was so glad you posted a picture of your patio presently as I always wondered exactly how those were planted along the sides of the patio but could never tell in previous photos-great idea with the planting beds incorporated in.

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  39. Stunning. A breath of fresh air, as it will still be months before I see hydrangea's here!

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  40. Oh, this is making my LONGING for Spring even stronger!!! We have had a few Spring like days but today is cold and rainy. I have about 10 hydrangea bushes and can't wait for them, one of my favs too! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics! XO, Pinky

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  41. What beautiful photographs, i love your blog and your amazing home. The hydrangea are my chosen flowers for my Royal Wedding Party centerpiece that i blogged about just last week.

    Your Lovely patio is so pretty. Hope the sun is shinning this weekend for you.

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  42. I bet you are anxious for your patio to come to life again. Your patio is just gorgeous. I can imagine how entertaining it is. Have a great weekend!

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  43. Your posts are so perfect and poetic!!
    I think we could be friends....
    Love your blog...so very classy and so very perfect!!!

    Have a great weekend.

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  44. Your patio is so beautiful! I bet when the sun is setting it is absolutely perfect!

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  45. Hi Trina! I have Limelights planted around my old white farmhouse, too! Blushing Bride keeps them company. :) I can hardly wait to see some buds on them. Your patio is so pretty and welcoming! Love the way that the Limelights embrace it. ♥ Hope all is well with you and your new little one!

    xoxo laurie

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  46. Soon Trina...soon!!! I just love how they turn pink in the fall, they are just the best flower! If only lilac's lasted as long...can you just imagine?!
    xo J~

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  47. Beautiful country style outdoor living. love the setting very classy:)

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  48. I found a link to your website at Homestead Revival. I LOVE your patio pictures. Think I'll have lunch outside today:)
    Blessings,

    Sherry

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  49. Your patio is too beautiful for words! With patio like that, I'm sure you're anxiously awaiting the arrival of those blooms (no one could blame you).

    I, too, am patiently waiting for the hydrangeas around here to burst into bloom; they are definitely one of my very favorite flowers.

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  50. The patio looks so welcoming, like a perfect place to sit down and enjoy a big glass of iced tea.

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  51. just came across your blog. Hydrangeas are my favorite. I have them planted where ever they will make it in my garden (I've tried many a spot where they didn't make it). I noticed your hydrangea branches are left much longer than mine during the off-season. Do you not cut yours back to the ground (or close to) each winter then? Does this yield bigger/better blooms?

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  52. hello!! i'm a new follower & i love all of the photos of your charming farmhouse! thanks so much for sharing. i'm so glad i stumbled upon you!

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  53. Hydrangeas and roses and peonies--what could be better. I love your dining patio. I just had all the winter moss washed off mine and am anxiously awaiting the Cecile Brunner roses to burst open. Isn't this time
    of year wonderful? Come see my Easter table under the arbor when you get a chance! Happy Easter. ~Delores

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  54. That looks like something right out of a design book! Gorgeous!

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  55. A favorite of mine! Love that after they're done for the season, you can still enjoy them during the winter months, once they dry.

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  56. limelights are my absolute favorite--we had a drought last summer {late} in Ohio and these were amazing--we have a row of 8 close to the road abundant with blooms and I kid you not some people would slow down to look at them! I say don't waste money on annuals-!! I'm after Annabelle hydrangeas this year to put close to the house!!
    xo

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  57. I love your patio along with the hydrangeas.

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