Cottage Garden 8/8/16

Oh my goodness, it's been a crazy summer!  I am excited to share with you this weeks garden photo's.  The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are certainly a favorite to showcase here at my home. So much so, I ended up adding four more last year to the curb outside my white picket fence.  I recently shared this photo (below) on Instagram and was surprised to see it had over 1400 "likes" - that is the most attention I think I've ever been given on any of my social media outlets. 

The change in the weather has quickly turned these beautiful blooms from white to pink and this week I am already seeing plenty of the last stage of hot pink.  You can see in the photo below the four tiny ones I added last year to my garden landscape.  It will be a few years before they are large like the ones at the corner curb.
Many names have been circulating on the internet as to what these beautiful shrubs are called...and how to maintain them.  These beauties are easy for me to grow here in the Pacific Northwest, Zone 8. I have them planted in poor (clay) soil and in full sunshine.  They need a good watering a few times a week.  Their stunning white blooms appeared this year in late June and have continued through the summertime.  I assume they will complete the curbside show in September ~ which is when I generally cut all my hydrangeas back in the garden. Yes, one by one, I snip off each bloom just below above any new growth that has begun. If I go any lower than that, I will be removing next years blooms. 

Some other gorgeous garden blooms that have appeared since my last post (in order) is the David Austin Olivia Rose, David Austin Gentle Hermione, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Double Scoop Cranberry Echinacea, Stargazer Lily, Peaches and Cream Hollyhock (first stage and also as it has changed), Lucifer Crocosmia, Cosmo (from seeds), Phlox and Gladiolus.

Hope you are enjoying your week, xoxo, tracie


super gorgeous!!!! what a garden Tracy!!! Drooling!!
Amazing! What a lovely colour! You have a beautiful garden...
Have a great week, take care!
Shirley said…
Your garden is lovely and I am in love with your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea!! I'm growing crocosmia for the first time this year. It's blooms are fabulously tropical! Have a terrific week!
acorn hollow said…
I have those hydrangeas but I was told they were a different name but all I know is they are beautiful. We are in zone 4 and they still do great of course your plants are way ahead of ours.
Sylvia said…
Love,Love,Love the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea,Tracie. Your garden is always beautiful and I love your gate.
I fell in love with the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas a few years ago when you showed them on your blog Tracie but still haven't found one for my garden. I did see that gorgeous photo on your IG, no wonder you added more of these hydrangeas to the front.
Maribel said…
So beautiful, both the hydrangea and your roses.
Have a nice day / Marika
Anne Anzil said…
So pretty! We were in Seattle a few weeks ago and were so impressed with all the hydrangeas growing everywhere! Not as easy to grow here in San Diego. Your house must be filled with these beautiful cut flowers!
My Cozy Casita said…
Beautiful picture and your garden is incredible the hydrangeas are beautiful you have the must beautiful from home I love to drive by to enjoy the garthen and all your folwer
Have blessing day
My Cozy Casita said…
Beautiful picture and your garden is incredible the hydrangeas are beautiful you have the must beautiful from home I love to drive by to enjoy the garthen and all your folwer
Have blessing day
Everything looks lovely, Traci! I can see why so many love that hydrangea! Your garden gets more beautiful each and every year!

Your Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangeas are beautiful! I would love to try to grow some in my yard, am going to be looking for information on them right after this.
Bernideen said…
Your garden is outstanding and wonderful wonderful! Did I mention lovely?
I'm always in awe of your gorgeous garden Tracie. It is a credit to you and must be the envy of all your neighbours. Can't tell you how much I love these Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas. I'm sure I've never seen them here in Australia, but Ill be searching for them now.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful blooms with Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring them at tomorrow's party and pinning too. Hugs ~ Kerryanne
Your blooms each and every one are fabulous. Those hydrangeas are fantastic and so is the David Austin Rose.

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