Monday, January 23, 2012



These hydrangeas had been in my kitchen since late Summer
….or maybe it was Fall?

Now that I think of it I may have picked the last of the good ones
right before my niece came to visit last October.

I wanted to brighten up the house with a few blossoms from my own garden.
They had given me pleasure for a long time but now they

had faded too much from being in the sunlight in front on my 

kitchen window

and it was time to let them go.


The water was still in the bottle all murky and full of sediment.
As I dumped out the water and was about to throw them in the trash I noticed green shoots
and roots had developed.
It’s not uncommon for that to happen and we root hydrangeas all the time….
just not this way.

So I will keep them a little longer….

It made me realize that seemingly imperfect things are often what can give us the most pleasure.

I just noticed that when I wrote my watermark on the last photo I
typed my name wrong.
grren instead of green.

I guess I will relish in my imperfection!

Joining Texture Tuesday
with Kim Klassen

I wasn't going to post these photos after I really looked them
over.....just too washed out, kinda blah and I think I took them on a cloudy day.

Then I remembered the point I was trying to make.....
it's OK to be imperfect.

so there you go.....


Olive Cooper said...

Absolutely post them...we embrace imperfection around here...but darling you cannot take a bad photo.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I find your hydrangea photos perfectly beautiful!

June said...

I think the pictures are gorggeous Carole!!! (I misspelled gorgeous to make you feel better :)) I sure wish mine would root in the vase, I'm no good at taking cuttings and rooting them. I LOVE your new header.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I love both pictures and think they are just beautiful.
Have a great week, dear Carole :-)!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Carole,
I love your hydrangeas and the photos of them and, I would not be throwing them away anytime soon.....they still have lots of colour and look beautiful.....maybe just change the water !! haha XXXX

Bead and Needle said...

Well, I stilll thiink they are perfect! Have a fabbulous Tuesday! Tanya

It's me said...

So beautiful.....have a nice from

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

I think they look lovely! I was feeling envious of your beautiful flowers, even washed out! I received my Jeanne d'Arc Living and I'm in love with it...thanks for the added special personal touch you added on the outside of it. xo

trash talk said...

I love this post. It just go to shows, even when we think we are past our "glory" days, we still have something to offer.
Girl...I still have hydrangeas that are much more ragged than yours and they never gave me nothing but the pleasure of their company. Certainly not baby plants!! You really do have a grren thumb!

Bleudelavande said...

Oooohhhhh Hidrangea, is one of my favourite flower!!! Yours are just beautiful!!!!!
Have a nice week

ariadne said...

Aren't we all dull and imperfect and then suddenly change into bright and beautiful and perfect creatures depending through whose eyes we are seen?The thing is how we ourselves feel!AriadnefromGreece!

Theresa said...

smiling... I think your photos are beautiful as always! t.xoxoxo

SueAnn said...

Oh good...because imperfect I am

Mugwump Woolies said...

Any hydrangea is a good hydrangea...they are always beautiful.

Karen said...

Beautiful pics... and there is much beauty in imperfection... said...

I happen to like imperfection! You can't take a bad photo. You always inspire and delight me:)
~Debra xxx
capers of the vintage vixens

Gail said...

I love being imperfect......perfection is overrated!
Love your photos...;)

oldgreymare said...

Too kuntinue the jokkes, theese r stil purfection, the floouers as weil as the fotos....

Carole said...

Thank you to all who have commented. I have changed my setting to no longer taking anonymous comments.
I've been getting to many spammers.

thanks for understanding,


Anonymous said...

Thanks I really needed your words today. Your green thumb is amazing! :) Dare I say - perfect?

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Hydrangeas are some of my favorite blossoms! These are gorgeous. Not imperfect- amazing!
Love your blog too.

Virginia Mallon-Ackermann said...

I was wandering in the blogosphere and came across your page. I love the faded colors. They still have a hint of summer in them, something that is well appreciated in the middle of winter here.

Lovely blog! I look forward to visiting again.

Candylei said...

I think they have a perfect faded look with a hint of color!! We are wishing for spring flowers here!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Isn't this Mother Nature at her best!
Letting the joys of Summer/Autumn turn into a lasting bouquet for those bare winter days!

I love the paper thinness of these petals - almost more than in their finest bloom.

I've got a vase of fresh ones (just for my northern hemisphere fiends) to see today on my blog post - do come and see!




erin said...

carole, these photos are so soft and lovely...just perfect for me...i love these images and want to "pin" them!
p.s. i think it is cute that you misspelled your own name!

Pat Mark said...

Not post them? No way, these are stunning and soft and delicate and lovely. Love them.

Romeo said...

Not post this?!? Seriously? They have the dreamy quality of a perfectly imperfect day! I'm glad you did post them - we would have all missed out!

I hope you are having a good week!

"Her" and Romeo

A Cottage Muse said...


Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I think the flowers are still the most beautiful delicate colour. Just like the faded tinted cheeks of a sweet girl on an antique tintype.
And just like the photo, the flowers have withstood the test of time.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Susan x

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Hiya Carole ~ YEA for imperfections:) I love this. Thanks for the reminder. And can I also say that I adore the quote from Capt. Picard on your sidebar. You shoud write for the Big Bang Theory:):)
Enjoy the somewhat early springlike weather. Makes me want to get some dirt under my nails.

Lynn said...

Your hydrangeas are still lovely. I've never rooted hydrangeas but will have to try it. I bought one for my front garden last year and really enjoyed it. I got the your lovely package today. So pretty. Now I'm going to eat some supper and sit in my comfy chair and read this beautiful magazine. Oh, and I don't think I got the noreply thingy fixed. I think it's impossible for those of us not using Blogspot. Oh well. Now I'm adding my email to my signature. Thanks again, Carole!

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

I think the pictures are beautiful :)

vicki said...

Hi Carole- the photos ARE beautiful- I love that they are pale- makes them seem dreamy. I treasure imperfection- it is my middle name. Perfection is over rated in my opinion--

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos! I think hydrangea are just as lovely dried as fresh! :)
Happy weekend,

Kathy said...

Point well taken, I share your same mind set. In fact you could say I have spent a great deal of my life mastering the theory. I does feel good when you can laugh our ourselves over our mistakes. Your post was wonderful, Thanks for stopping by today, Kathy

Nicole said...

Beautiful flower photos!

Cindy said...

These photos are just beautiful Carol! I love the texture and the softness about them!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

I think your photos are beautiful. Lovely faded delicate colours. . . Just beautiful!

Your newest follower,


Dorthe said...

Imperfect can be so very beautiful, like those photoes dear Carole- I love dryed Hydrangeas ,and that they even made new roots is fantastic-I have never seen that in my vases.
--Mathilde is back home with mom and dad, and so I`m back blogging :)
Hugs and a happy week-end, Dorthe