Roses and Hydrangeas

Hi Everyone
Happy Monday

Can you see the tiny spot of pink in this photo
it is the most amazing little pink rose called Cecile Brunner 
This tiny rose is so fragrant 
I placed it in a vintage crystal salt shaker with a gardenia from the garden
and the combination is intoxicating 

 Gardenia's always remind me of
my Grandmother 
She had a glorious gardenia bush right by the front door of her home 
 in the summertime  the entire house was
filled with the amazing fragrance

She also grew the tiny Cecile Brunner rose in her
garden right by my Mothers bedroom window 
 I have the rose growing on the fence by our daughters bedroom too

I love growing all of the flowers my Grandmother had in her garden
She taught me so many wonderful things
including the secret to changing the colors of
the hydrangeas from
pink to purple and blue too

Her secret was to place nails 
near the roots
{be careful don't harm the roots}
   the more nails you place 
the more purple and blue will appear

I have been doing this for years and I am always in awe of the amazing colors

I am linking with my sweet friend Cielo
Show off your Cottage Monday
Her blog "The House in the Roses" is truly an inspiration
and Cottage Flora Thursday
 Please go and join in all of the beauty

romantic saying for today
"Wherever you are you are my first star your wish my only command"
Charles Ghigna



  1. That is crazy, I have never heard of such a thing.Nails by the roots huh! How fabulous is that.I can't even get mine to grow very well I see one blossom this year.Yours are beautiful~Cheers Kim

  2. I love gardenias. I can't seem to get them to grow in this climate in Texas. They do sell them at the nurseries. So if they have one in bloom I pinch off a flower and bring it home just to smell that wonderful fragrance!!! Your flowers are beautiful.

  3. Hi Pam,
    Love roses, I just planted my first two and one of them died, the other one is alive, can't wait for the first flower. Amazing pictures of your hydrangeas, beautiful!
    Have a fantastic day!
    XXX Ido

  4. I love Cecile Bruner roses too. I have a big arched bush in my garden. When it blossoms, it's an incredible display.
    Your hydrangeas are so beautiful. I one to get one for my garden too.
    Have a nice day.

  5. you have such a gorgeous blog- I am your newest follower- love gardenias too....


  6. I love the smell of gardenias!

    This post is so pretty. Your table looks gorgeous. I love the hydrangea tip. We just planted some for the first time this past October.

    Ricki Jill

  7. Just beautiful pictures here today! Love your hydrangeas and roses!

  8. Your pictures are absolutely fabulous. I need to try those roses. I hope can be successful with them. I too just love the smell of gardenias as well.

    Sincerely, your newest follower.


  9. So very beautiful. Love the first picture and all the flowers.


  10. Everything is sooo beautiful! I love your buffet and you pergula on the garage is to die for!

  11. That is an interesting tip for changing blossom colour of hydrangeas! I have tried an iron supplement but never nails. Your hydrangeas are lovely!


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