Wednesday, August 24, 2011

the last hydrangeas

It's always a bit sad when the last bunch of hydrangeas of the year comes in from the garden. Another summer nearly over, and the Blogtopian autumn rolling in as the late light retreats.


Not a grave sorrow, such as would be caused by losing a giveaway or not being nominated in someone's list of Breeziest Blogging Buddies, but just a still, small tristesse that brings on a mental flash of an emergency bar of chocolate.


They say these are the best years of my life, and they surely are that, adorned by the best hydrangeas.

29 comments:

  1. That's the best excuse for a bar of chocolate that I've heard in many a year Mise !!
    Love your hydrangeas ..... just picked some greeny pink ones myself. Here comes the Autumn so bring on the Bendick's Bittermints I say !! XXXX

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  2. My daughter used a bouquet of pale blue hydrangeas for her wedding bouquet. It was so beautiful, simple and elegant, like her gown, and like her. You are fortunate to have these flowers growing in your garden.

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  3. Please don't mention chocolate - I am trying to shed at least a stone before we go out for dinner on Saturday with our son and his girlfriend, to celebrate our Silver Wedding. But wait - if I lose a stone, my new dress will be too big .... where's the chocolate!!

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  4. That first photo is spectacular. I'm gonna Pin it!

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  5. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and yours are gorgeous! And I love the paintings of your daughters on the wall. Just lovely.

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  6. Such a pretty composition with your roses cushions in the background. The shade of blue is exquisite.

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  7. Yes, a definite end of summer feeling in Blogtopia. I wish I had some hydrangeas to celebrate the turning season.

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  8. I do adore autumn, but I'll miss the longer days and your hydrangeas.

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  9. Gorgeous - love blue hydrangeas & they look amazing with the orange background! G

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  10. Autumn is definitely on the way- there were fallen leaves in the park today. Time to curl up in front of your range, on the cushions, with the chocolate.

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  11. Hello Mise:
    What a lovely term, a little tristesse, which does, inevitably, creep into life as summer ebbs away and thoughts turn to the year's end. But if for you this is marked by the last of the hydrangeas, for Vita Sackville West it was always the Alstroemerias which marked the end of not only summer but also her interest in the garden for the year.

    We hope that the chocolate tasted good.

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  12. Blue ones! How lovely. They remind me of Cornish holidays.

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  13. I am on Cape Cop where blue hydrangeas abound and a hurricane approaches.

    I have just finished a bowl of fresh peach ice cream BUT there's aways room for chocolate.

    xo Jane

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  14. I've been reading about summers demise for a few weeks now on the blogs. Here in the USA there are Halloween displays all over the place ....it's so depressing.....I plane to milk summer for all it is worth wearing sandals (no socks) at least until October.

    I do think chocolate is in order no matter what the season though..I must go check out the varieties of American Chocolate bars.!

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  15. The best years of your life? Are you still at school?

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  16. i love hydrangeas, and yours is so beautifully blue, just proves what a home/garden guru you are, coaxing the soil and making the colour so intense!

    and never fear darl, i didnt make it on that list either !! xxx

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  17. Amen for thoughts of Autumn that come in bright blue and pink!

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  18. I love that it appears blue and pink daughters' portraits are looking down approvingly at your hydrangeas and cushioning. Such respect. A bar of chocolate should be cracked open in celebration. By the way...you're having a great hair day today. Meredy xo

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  19. It can't be the end of the hydrangeas just yet surely? Mine are barely bursting in to bud over here yet. Either way, you've done justice to them. They look gorgeous in your room with those lovely portraits. (And it may be no compensation, but you would always be on my list of Breeziest Blogging Buddies.) xx

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  20. But what spectacular hydrangeas these are! Mine never really got going this year, now planted in a good spot and hope that next year they thrive. I love the blue ones especially!

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  21. That hydrangea is the most perfect azure blue - I love it too.

    I know that feeling of summer on the wane but...
    with Autumn comes the promise of all that's warm and cozy!
    The smell of wood fires in the chilly night air.
    Sunday family evening meals around the fireside followed by a game of monopoly.
    Hot soups and crusty bread....
    All wonderful Mise!!

    Shane :))

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  22. Such prettiness! I have to resort to theft though to enjoy hydrangeas...my mother-in-law's garden...she shouldn't mind?! Cx

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  23. Your loss is my gain in this instance... I'm looking forward to the start of spring here next week. Those are beautiful hydrangeas, Mise.

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  24. My favorite shade of blue and extra pretty with that pink settee in the background. Autumn has its own lovely colors, but I could live with hydrangea blue, pink, green and cream forever.

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  25. What an extravagant blush of blue...better than chocolate any day! The only time I ever see blue hydrangeas is when they appear at a florist...our local hydrangeas are green and white and I do SOOO long for them to be blue or violet...

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  26. Oh dearest Mise, please let the tristesse remain small in category and do not, I repeat, do not play "where have all the flowers gone" as we do not want you reaching for the baileys irish cream
    Helen xx

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  27. They are so beautiful and bring out the blue of Blue Daughter's portrait (balanced, I hope, on occasion by a pink flower arrangement in fairness.)

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  28. The hydrangeas are beautiful... they transform your already pretty room.

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  29. I've been thinking about this post all night. This is a challenge. I have some very ugly (but nonetheless cushy) cushions that came with our couch. I want to recover them but I can't get my patookus in gear. This might nudge me towards the starting line.

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You're looking particularly well.

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