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  1. Katy

    Such lovely photographs! I have a lace cap hydrangea in my front bed! Do loving perfume and loving gardening always go hand in hand? Planted species lilies today, ordered a big bottle of Cartier Baiser Vole Essence and earlier this week purchased Gorilla Perfumes Lust, which layers nicely with Pacifica Tahitian Vanilla. I find the vanilla softens the camphorous aspect of this roaring Jasmine.

    • I can imagine it perfectly: a gorgeous combo. Re gardening and perfume, I don’t know because I don’t do gardening myself (too lazy), but I DO love the results of other people’s work! That Baiser Vole is really excellent, I think: a fine example of contemporary perfume not smelling vile for once. Something pure and instantaneous about it.

  2. Renee Stout

    Beautiful! Thank You.

  3. Tara

    Neil these are stunning shots but Madonna would be most disappointed in you 🙂

  4. Holly

    I love hydrangeas, and I even think they have a fragrance. Indulging in the irrational, I also insist they must gradually evolve into a delicate sky-blue. No white, pink, purple or raspberry will do. I also dry the virginal green blooms along with their more mature sisters and enjoy seeing them throughout the year in my home.

    • I am with you on the blue, actually.

      We are currently DELUGED with hydrangeas, as I live int he most famous place for them. Piece on all that coming soon. I don’t even like them all that much, too be honest, probably because of overkill, but I do think that the blue ones are by far the most attractive.

  5. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

  6. Dearest Ginza
    The dandy has always adored Hydrangea.
    Even as a child when, to my recollection, they were widely regarded as a pest.
    Now they are back in fashion and adorn fashionable lobbies everywhere. They are no less beautiful, in far more so, more being cheeky, herbaceous intruders into these manicured spaces where they don’t truly belong.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • Are they trendy again? I had no idea. I am not as enamoured of them as you are, because there are just SO MANY where I live in June that you grow totally sick of them ( I have a piece in the pipeline about this, actually). And yet, I can get lost in their blue, and nature conspires to make the time when they flourish here in Japan the moist and misty rainy season. I know you can imagine the combined perfection.

      • Dearest Ginza
        Oh yes, tres de rigeur. No doubt to be supplanted soon enough by other plants.
        Apparently the blue is all down to something in the soil… sulphur, something and the colour can be quite easily controlled. I read somewhere they are practically all naturally pink.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

      • Dearest Ginza
        I’d rather like it if there were something I could drink to turn me jaunty shade of blue. Just the thing before popping into town for some perfume sniffing!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  7. Lilybelle

    I’d love to have so many hydrangeas around me that I’d grow sick of them. 🙂 They do make nice cut flowers, and they dry nicely too for autumnal arrangements. Not that I’ve ever dried any, but I’ve seen them used that way, the bronzey ones.

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