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July 25, 2010

~Friendship flower and Tea~



Hello Girls, Today I want to have Tea with you and share my Kelly Friendship flower with you...I'm joining Lady Katherine for Tea Time Tuesday Thanks Katherine....

it's been along time since I have done Sally's Blue Monday...Please take the time to go by her blog and see all the great Blueness waiting you today...Thanks Sally...


Oh...Summer don't you love it..I just love to see all my flowers in bloom it's like God is speaking to me each day..." Enjoy the beauty I have created for you" Please have a scones and a sip of tea....And take time to smell the flowers.... Remember Life is like a roll of toilet paper the closer it gets to the end the faster it goes...



For the 30 + years I have been up on my mountain I have bought many Hydrangea's and each and every one of them went to flower heaven...


8 years ago I met a lady named Kelly and she had the most beautiful Hydrangea's I had ever seen...She gave me a pair of clipper's and told me to cut all I wanted of them....


My little car was loaded with them...She also told me to put one of the stems in water and it would grow...Ok I'll try anything so I did...And this is my Hydrangea's bush that I grew from one little stem and each year it gets bigger and more beautiful...



Can you tell I love barn bird houses ha ha!!



Is it not Beautiful....Kelly has pasted on now but I still have this wonderful sweet reminder of her each summer that she and God gave to me to enjoy....

To me this flower is my Kelly Friendship flower...


May all of you have a GREAT day....

Until next time from my mountain to yours,

Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ps: this was a pink Hydrangea...I just added old nails to the soil to turn it Blue...

52 comments:

Connie said...

That is a gorgeous hydrangea bush, sweetpea!! Ours in California did really well, but in our new house and new yard it's taking a bit longer to get them to grow very bushy. But as you say, each year the bush gets bigger and bigger in they hard pan soil.
xoxo,
Connie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG GLORIA,
That hydrangeas is glorious!!! It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! And you tea set and pics are just the lovliest!
I would so love to have tea with you girlfriend!
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics, they really brightened my day!
Hugs,
Cindy

PAT said...

Gloria your hydrangea is gorgeous!! I loved seeing it. Do you ever dry the blooms?

Nancy's Notes said...

I love tea parties, oh my was not expecting scones, they are scrumptious! Your blues are just gorgeous. Look at your lovely tea set, that little pattern is so charming! Lucky you have a friend like Kelly, your flowers are stunning!

Have a great evening!

Nancy

Kat said...

Oh my stars Gloria, that hydrangea is gorgeous! And how special that you get to remember a dear friend whenever it blooms. Love all of your blues today. How is Candace? Hope she is doing well. Hugs, Kat

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Gloria! YOur hydrangea is absolutely gorgeous1 I did not know that you could start a stem like that! I have white ones but would love to have the colored ones. I will have to see if I have any friends or neighbors I can bum a stem off of!~Hugs, Patti

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your hydranga is just gorgeous. I sure wish we could grow them here in the desert, but that's really not possible. So pretty and such a sweet memory of a friend. Love your pretty blue teapot too and the scones look fabulous. I would love to have tea with you. Hope you are having a super week. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

So sweet Gloria...love the tea cups...and those Hydrangeas are gorgeous...my favorite flower. Have a great day! Debie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a lovely story about friendship. And how wonderful it must be to walk by that beautiful hydrangea and think of your friend.

Your tea service is beautiful!

shannon i olson said...

That is a gorgeous plant!!! Amazing. I tried to grow one outside but it didn't make the winter here.....they do grow here in ND but that one didn't. I will have to try again because you are right they are beautiful. Love the toilet paper phrase!! ;-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine. We are on our second bush at this house. The first one passed on and we bought another one this year...it started blue and I knew I had to do something to keep it blue, but nails? really?

It is wonderful to have such a beautiful reminder of your friend.

sissie said...

Hi Gloria,
You are making me laugh with "life is like toilet paper..." LOL

I can't believe that beautiful hydrangea is growing in a pot. What in the world are you feeding it. It must be blessed by your sweet friend.

hugs
Sissie

Madeline's Album said...

Your hydrangea bush is just beautiful. We have lots of wild hydrangea bush on our property but have had no luck at all with the tame ones. Enjoy your tea and have a blessed evening. Madeline

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Life's like toilet paper... they are indeed words to live by:@) Lovin' that hydrangea, is that happy plant growing in a pot??? I am impressed-enjoy!

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi Gloria,
I love Hydrangeas too. Your's IS so beautiful. I've never seen so many flowers on one bush! Lucky you!
Kelly

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh, Gloria...what a sweet, sweet story! I didn't know you could do that with a hydrangea. I bet Kelly is smiling down right now. God is so good to us, isn't he? I feel his presence when I see his beautiful gift of the flowers and trees all around us.
Thanks so much for stopping by for the 100th celebration!
Susan

Lori E said...

I too have been trying to get a good sized hydrangea so I can clip some for the house. One day...one day.
How nice yours came from a friend.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hi, Gl♥ria! Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite, and you have one beautiful bush there! And what's even better is that you have the memory of our friend every time you look at it. That is very special.
Best,
Gloria

Mary Ellen said...

Gloria You have got to tell me how to start a hydrangea!! I so want one of these plants but can't seem to get them to grow for anything. There is a house up the street that has a very old plant but the ladies said they have tried everyway to get another plant started from it and have failed each time! Please help- or wave your magic wand or something!!!

bee blessed
mary

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

Your hydrangea bush is beautiful and love the pretty blue.
I have started off hydrangeas myself from cuttings.
enjoy your tea, and have a good week

Hugs
Carolyn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Gloria,
What a beautiful hydrangea!!

Just gorgeous!!
And I love you sweet tea setting!!
of a kick out of your joke in your previous post!!
You always put a big smile on my face!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Marydon said...

G'morn, sweet Gloria ~ Love the tea set BUT that BUSH is FABULOUS! You can also throw coffee grounds on the earth base around it & have multi-colored florals on one bush.

Have a beautiful day, sweet lady!
TTFN ~ Marydon

SmilingSally said...

When we went to England, Johnny fell in love with scones! If he lived close to you, you'd have a visitor for sure.

I love your blue friendship hydrangea bush. I can't believe how huge it is from one clipping!

Happy Blue Monday, Gloria.

Dawn said...

What a sweet story! I'm so happy this one took root and continues to do so well. I thinks plants are a great reminder of and tribute to wonderful friends.

Hey, you know they're making those T.P. rolls bigger and bigger now.I can't even fit them on our old tiled-in T.P. holder. They last forever so no worries!

Mary said...

What gorgeous photos. I loved the blue of the hydrangeas and the tea service. They are a perfect choice for Blue Monday. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Shelia said...

Hi Gloria! I've missed you!
Oh, my goodness - that hydrangea bush is the most beautiful! I had no idea you could grow one from just a stem in water!!
I do like the blue the best too!
Thanks for popping in!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet Sis...

Wanted to come by to say hi today and see how you were doing! Ohhh...and what a sweet treat that I found!!! Sis, this really is the most beautiful tea table...I just adore it!!! All that beautiful blue...the pretty blue and white toile tea cloth...right down to that lovely blue and white teacup and saucer!!! But myyyy...oh my...I must admit that your Kelly Friendship hydrangaes stole the show! Hehe! Girl, they are soooo very beautiful!!! What a sweet story too! Ms. Kelly must have been a very special lady! You know, I want to plant some hydrangaes too...not sure how they will do here in Colorado and it's a little late in the season to plant now but will try next year! I think they are my favorite flower...right up there with roses!!!

Sis, I read your sweet note that you left in the Tea Rose bedroom! So happy to hear that you had a day where you could just lounge and rest! Girlfriend, what is happening with Len? I'm wondering if one of the stints deflated or came out? I have heard of that happening. Honey, I am already praying...please let me know when ya'll find out something! Tell Lenny that we love him and are saying prayers for him!!! I'll talk with you later, sweet friend!

Love ya,
Chari

PS...thank you so much for the cup of tea and yummy scones! You really did set the most gorgeous tea table for us today!!!

Beth said...

Gloria, Your hydrangea is amazing!!! So full, and such gorgeous blue blooms. I did not know you could sprout one from a flower. I need to try that. I have a few hydrangea bushes but you can always use one more! Love your blue and white tea setting too and your scones look yummy. They remind me of pecan sandies! Save me a bite and a cup of tea. I'll be right over!
Hugs, Beth

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, that bush is incredible. You did a great job with it. Love your tea things, too. I did tea today as well.

XO,

Sheila

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, my, Gloria. That is the most gorgeous hydrangea bush I've ever seen. I love your barn bird houses. What kind of bird houses did they use in the 1800's? My gardens are all weedy and overgrown. It's been too hot to work outside. I hope you and Len are doing fabulous.

Lavender Cottage said...

I would say that is one magical hydrangea to grow so well for you to remember your friend Kelly.
I have never heard of starting a shrub from a cutting in water either but it obviously works.
I just love when I learn something new about gardening and can share it with others.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Gloria, your hydrangeas are "glorious" and so are your wooden birdhouses! Did someone make them for you? I have been looking at them lately as many birds have taken up lodging this year in and on our house! Hope you are all well. Linda

Jeanne said...

Hello Gloria, your hydrangeas are truly beautiful and special because of Kelly. Thank you for sharing them. Your tea party is lovely as well.

Hugs, Jeanne

Betty said...

Beautiful and what a sweet touch with your friend. I have some poppies that my Mom gave me so many years ago and I just love it when they bloom and I am reminded of her. It is from her that I get my love of gardening, she was twice the gardener I will ever be but my time in the garden is my touch with her.

xinex said...

Wow! What a beautiful hydrangea bush, Gloria. I can't seem to get mine to grow like that, it must like cooler weather. Your tea looks inviting!...Christine

Concetta said...

Your flowers are breathtaking - what a wonderful story of your precious friend. The blue teapot and cup look stunning. Thank you so much for sharing tea with us today.
<>< Concetta

Concetta said...

Your flowers are gorgeous ~ and what a wonderful story of your precious friend! The blue teapot and cup are stunning. Thank you for sharing your tea with us today!
<>< Concetta

Rebecca said...

Thank you for visiting me today Miss G and for your kind compliments on my Briarwood home.

Now...I just must comment on your Kelly Friendship Flower. I've killed every single Hydrangea flower I've ever planted. They are sooo $$$$ and I have no idea WHAT I'm doing wrong. Any tips?

Also...any ideas HOW you dry them????

I love my visits to you. Today you blessed me.

xoRebecca

Lady Katherine said...

I love your Kelly Friendship Hydrangea! It looks like it is in a pot! I too can never get them to grow! Last year I had left a few blooms in water and they had roots. Now, one is growing! I so happy, I could do your happy dance. lol I have more blooms in water now. lol I Your Tea is lovely as you! The toile table cloth, I need to hurry up and make mine. lol The Dishes, my heart does stop a beat! lol I love blue so much. The Teapot looks Blue Willow, oh the cup and saucer I have never seen this lovely pattern! Love it! Sconces look wonderful! My sister Gloria hopefully is coming and I trying to plan a Tea for her Birthday. Adore all the Birdhouses! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! Also Thanks for the encouragement! So Happy Your doing great!

Virginia said...

That is a gorgeous hydrangea bush... And your tea set and pictures are just lovely.
Sweet blessings,
Virginia

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

My goodness I have never seen such a full and beautiful plant...
I believe your friend Kelly is smiling upon you dear Gloria!
Big hugs and have a sweet day~Elizabeth

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet Sis...

Just coming by to see how ya'll are doing today! Been thinking about you!

Love you, dear friend!
Chari

Carrie said...

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowering shrubs...your friend's gift is a forever gift of joy!

Manuela@TPOH said...

That is a beautiful reminder of a sweet friend! What a gorgeous bush (I just love hydrangeas)! The blue teacup and pot are just gorgeous as well!

Manuela

Michelle said...

Hi Gloria
The tea looks so yummy and your trip to Sacramento looked like so much fun, I wish I lived closer. Glad things are going well for your grandaughter, she won't be bored ever again once that baby comes!!!

:) Michelle

Dena said...

I have always loved hydrangeas and yours is absolutely beautiful for more reason than one!

Hugs,
Dena

Barb~Bella Vista said...

This is so lovely, Gloria. Just a treat to take in. The color of the flowers make my heart flutter. Simply gracious!

Have a blessed day, you little cutie pie!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Sherry said...

Gloria,
I love your tea! The teapot is gorgeous. You always have the most amazing things. Wonderful visit. Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

The Victorian Parlor said...

Oh my gosh your hydrangea bush is beautiful! What a wonderful memory to go along with it-thanks for sharing:). The scones look yummy and the tea divine-love the blue and white china too!

Thanks for your advice regarding the picassa photo stuff. Unfortunately I can't seem to find 'delete' anywhere on the page. How do I actually delete?

Thanks again dear friend!

Blessings,

Kim

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Gloria, I LOVE hydrangeas, and yours is absolutely gorgeous! How wonderful that it is also a reminder of your friend. Of course, you know I love the blue and white tea set. You have so many gorgeous "toys" to play with! laurie

Coloradolady said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful. I can not seem to grow them in my yard...and I so want too!! Maybe you could send me a stem!! LOL Have a great Blue Monday.

Life on the Edge said...

I just LOVE hydrangeas, especially the blue ones! I didn't know you could grow them from a cutting. I might have to sneak around town and grab one from someone's bush! lol

Kady
Life on the Edge