Pretty picks for July!

by Mindy Lockard on July 19, 2009


In Kate Spade’s etiquette book Occasions she writes her wish list of flowers by month and in the month of July the first on her list are hydrangeas. ¬†Oh, Ms. Spade, you had me at handbags and now hydrangeas!

Aside from peonies, hydrangeas are my most favorite summertime flowers. Last week when I stopped by Ty’s office I noticed a bush bursting with poufs of variegated purple, pink and blue — I couldn’t resist filling my arms and teeth with fresh cut stems. You may say I robbed Peter (our office) to pay Paul (our home) … my apologies Peter, Paul is really enjoying your lovely blooms…

at breakfast, lunch and dinner…


complimenting favorite memories (although it appears to be a heart arrangement, I assure you it’s simply the photograph’s angle) …


and greeting Elle and Maggie every morning.


What are your favorite summertime flowers and where do you most enjoy them in your home?  Please, do share!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

The Consummate Hostess 07.20.09 at 8:26 am

What a beautiful arrangement, and so simple. Great website and blog. I love all of your tips, thanks for sharing!

meredith 07.20.09 at 11:51 am

Oh, Mindy, I have to say I LOVE me some Hydrangeas too! Jon and I grew up in Jimmy Stewart’s home town and the scene in It’s a Wonderful Life where Mary gets stuck in the hydrangeas without a robe has made these flowers dear to my heart:)
I also love Dahlias planted here and there in the garden. Maybe it’s because they are so forgiving of my minimalist watering techniques and they always bloom in multi-layered bliss.

admin 07.21.09 at 5:34 am

I couldn’t agree more, Ladies! Hydrangeas are so simple and gracious to grow. They require very little and give so much – such a noble characteristic!

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