Bonjour Cottage Fix friends! Well last week was an entire week of rain. Oh yes, the rain, rain, rain came down, down, down. The hydrangeas really seemed to enjoy it. Me on the other hand, well I was happy to see the sun finally come back out. I’m not good at staying indoors so there were numerous walks with puddles underfoot and umbrellas overhead. Paisley basically stayed soakin’ wet for a whole week straight, poor little puppy.
We went to the beach with a few friends last Sunday to soak up the all-day sunshine. I think we were all in need of a giant dose of Vitamin D. Merci sweet sunshine, we missed you. Our whole family came home feeling bright and chipper. Isn’t it nice when everyone’s in a good mood all at once! It’s rare and a little like living in the Twilight Zone.After the rains, with the garden looking very quenched, I was craving something big and over the top to cut and bring indoors. I decided to fill my blue enamel bucket with as many blooms as I could possibly fit. I’m so drawn to French style lately, drippy crystal chandeliers, soft muted colors, and floor to ceiling drapes. I’m daydreaming of strolling down a quaint cobblestone street lined with vegetable markets, fresh flowers, and the sweet smell of baguettes wafting through the warm air. Is that what it’s like? I wonder. For now, it’s a bucket of blooms in the dining room and a canning jar filled with hydrangea in the living room that I arranged with a French farmhouse in mind. Grin. Last week, one of my readers mentioned that it’s a good idea to strip the leaves off of the portion of stem that’s in the water to keep the flowers fresh longer. I tried it and it definitely works. Merci, thanks for the tip.
Honey and I are walking Paisley each night after supper and we see some real beauties in our neighborhood. One of the things Honey noticed is the hydrangea plants that look really good are growing up against a house or a fence. I don’t know if there’s something to that or if it’s just a co-inky-dink. Au revoir, Sally