mercoledì 1 luglio 2015

'Hortense', he used to name her ...

Hortense è un nome che suona particolarmente romantico, antico, altolocato, forse udito in qualche film che non ricordo o letto tempo fa tra le pagine di un libro che racconta una storia d'amore ... - mi viene in mente per esempio Hortense Hulot ne “La cousine Bette” di Honoré de Balzac - e tale fu proprio il sentimento che legò per tutta la vita Philibert Commerson, esploratore e naturalista francese il cui nome è legato a quello di Bougainville, ad Hortense, pardon, Nicole-Reine Lepaute, famosa astronoma, moglie di Jean-André Lepaute, noto orologiaio di corte che con lei costruì un orologio fornito di funzioni astronomiche che potessero aiutarla nel suo lavoro, che aveva in Commerson un grande e sincero amico.


Come sovente accade Nicole-Reine non solo era la moglie del migliore amico di Commerson ma la donna di cui egli sarà follemente e segretamente innamorato per tutta la vita, per cui anche questo fiore incantevole, come molti altri, deve il proprio nome ad una vera storia d'amore.

Vi chiederete a questo punto quale sia l'attinenza di quanto vi sto raccontando con il nome Hortense, ma andiamo con ordine senza dimenticare alcun dettaglio.

Nel corso di una breve ma intensa vita, Commerson accompagnò Louis Antoine de Bougainville, in qualità di naturalista, nel viaggio intorno al mondo che gli venne ufficialmente commissionato da Re Luigi XV con l'ordine di restituire le Isole Malvine agli spagnoli passando, però, dallo Stretto di Magellano in modo da 'circumnavigare' la terra, raccogliendo così migliaia di specie di piante nuove, insetti, pesci e uccelli ancora sconosciuti che furono offerti al Giardino del Re; il viaggio fu avventuroso, durò due anni e toccò tra le altre terre l'America del Sud ( in Brasile trovarono la pianta che da Bouganville mutua il proprio nome ), la Terra del Fuoco e la Patagonia per poi raggiungere Tahiti, l'Australia, La Nuova Guinea, il Madagascar e l'Oriente dove trovarono quella che viene comunemente detta Ortensia, originaria dell'Asia meridionale ed orientale (Cina, Giappone, Corea, Himalaya, ed Indonesia furono le regioni dove ne rinvennero la maggior quantità di specie) e delle Americhe. 
Per lo più in natura quelli di Ortensia sono arbusti alti 1-3 metri, alcuni sono piccoli alberi, e altri liane che raggiungono i 30 m. arrampicandosi sugli alberi, possono essere sempreverdi o decidui nelle terre di origine, anche se le specie che si sono adattate alle zone temperate e che sono ampiamente coltivate da noi sono tutte decidue.
In primo luogo egli assegnò a questa nuova pianta il nome di Peautia coelestina in omaggio a Madame Lepaute con evidente riferimento al suo cognome e alla sua professione, l'astronomia, ma cambiò poi idea, forse nel timore di destare troppi sospetti, e le mutò il nome in Hortense, come Madame Lepaute era da lui chiamata nell'intimità.

Dite che sia in nome di questo nobile sentimento che i vittoriani, così devoti al romanticismo, riservassero un posto speciale ad almeno un cespuglio di Ortensia, classificata in seguito da Lamarck, nel 1789, con il nome scientifico di Hydrangea, nei propri giardini ?





In effetti, in nome di questa storia che ne cela l'introduzione in Europa, essa è da allora annoverata tra le piante che simboleggiano amore e romanticismo ed anche gratitudine, quella che Commerson tributava alla sua Nicole Reine per avergli fatto conoscere un sì nobile sentimento.

Sappiamo che per vittoriani il giardino non era semplicemente uno spazio verde, un angolo di paesaggio, ma era vissuto come un prolungamento delle loro case e da qui comprendiamo l'esigenza di creare bow-windows in cui collocare piante più delicate, ancora in casa, ma già in giardino; durante il secolo scorso il giardino era il posto più fresco in cui trovare sollievo dal caldo dell'estate, e ciò lo rendeva il luogo ideale per intrattenere conoscenti, prendere il tè e per rilassarsi. 
Ma torniamo all'Ortensia che, come già detto, era una pianta caratteristica e comune nei giardini vittoriani e non solo, pensate che molti londinesi le ponevano persino sui loro davanzali per dare vita ad un piccolo spazio verde che contrastasse il dilagare del fumo che promanavano le prime industrie tessili della periferia alimentate a carbone.

Qui ormai le nostre Ortensie sono tutte nel colmo della loro festosa fioritura segnando il pieno dell'estate e facendo presagire il periodo più caldo dell'anno, aspergendo il mattino presto e la sera all'imbrunire le note delicatamente cipriate emanate dai loro più piccoli capolini.

Vi auguro che il prosieguo di questa calda estate sia lieto per ciascuno di voi, miei affezionati lettori ed amici, e mi congedo come sempre salutandovi con un tutto il mio affetto, e dandovi appuntamento 

a presto 



















Hortense is a name that sounds very romantic, ancient, highly placed, perhaps heard in a movie that I don't remember or read long ago among the pages of a book telling a love story ... - I remind, for example, of Hortense Hulot in  "La cousine Bette" by Honore de Balzac - and that was precisely the feeling that bounded for life Philibert Commerson, a French explorer and naturalist whose name is linked to that of Bougainville, to Hortense, pardon, Nicole-Reine Lepaute, famous astronomer, wife of Jean-André Lepaute known watchmaker of the Court who built with his wife a watch equipped with astronomical functions that could help her in her work, who had in Commerson a great and sincere friend.




- picture 1 - Nicole Reine Lepaute, Hydrangea YOU & ME, Hydrangea AYESHA




As often happens Nicole-Reine wasn't only Commerson's best friend's wife but the woman he was secretly madly in love with throughout his life, so also this beautiful flower, like many others, owes its name to a real love story.

Probably you're wondering, at this point, what is the relevance of what I'm telling you with the name Hortense, but let's go on with order without forgetting any detail.

During his short but intense life, Commerson accompanied Louis Antoine de Bougainville, as naturalist, in his travel around the world that was officially commissioned by King Louis XV with the order to return the Falkland Islands to the Spanish passing, from the Strait of Magellan to 'circumnavigate' the hearth, to collecting thousands of new species of plants, insects, fish, birds still unknown that were offered to the King's Garden; the trip was adventurous, lasted two years and touched, among other lands, South America (in Brazil they found the plant which takes its name from Bouganville), Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia and reached Tahiti, Australia, New Guinea, Madagascar and the Asia where they found what is commonly known as Hydrangea, native to South and East of this continent (China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, and Indonesia were the regions where they found the greatest amount of species) and to the Americas.
Most of the Hydrangea  are in nature shrubs tall 1-3 meters, some are small trees, and others are lianas reaching 30 m. climbing trees, they can be evergreen or deciduous in their lands of origin, although the species that have adapted to temperate zones and which are widely cultivated by us are all deciduous.
First he gave to this new plant the name Peautia coelestina in homage to Madame Lepaute with obvious reference to her last name and her profession, astronomy, but then changed his mind, perhaps for fear of arousing too much suspicion, and changed its name in Hortense, as Madame Lepaute was called by him in the intimacy.

Do you think that it's in the name of this noble sentiment that the Victorians, so devoted to romance, reserved a special place, at least to one bush of Hortense, classified later by Lamarck, in 1789, with the scientific name of Hydrangea, in their gardens?




- picture 2 - Hydrangea Paniculata Quercifolia 'Snow White' ed Hydrangea Annabelle 'Invincibelle' 


- picture 3 - Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Hanabi'


- picture 4 - Hydrangea Macrophilla Freedom ed Hydrangea Mariesii Variegated Lacecaps




In fact, in the name of this story that conceals the introduction in Europe, since then it is considered one of the plants that symbolizes love and romance and even gratitude, what Commerson granted his Nicole Reine for having made him know such a noble sentiment .

We know that the Victorian garden was not just a green space, a corner of the landscape, but it was seen as an extension of their homes and from here we understand the need to create bow windows in which to place more delicate plants, 'still in the house, but already in the garden'; during the last century the garden was the coolest place where to find relief from the heat of summer, and that made of it the ideal place to entertain acquaintances, take tea and relax.

But let's come back to Hortense that, as already mentioned, was a plant characteristic and common in Victorian gardens and not only, just think that lots of Londoners placed them even on their windowsills to give birth to a small green space to  oppose to the spread of smoke which wafted from the first textile factories in the suburbs fueled by coal.

Here our Hydrangeas are all in full bloom in their festive party marking the height of summer and foreshadowing the hottest time of the year, sprinkling in the early morning and in the evening dusk gently powdery notes issued by their smaller heads .

In the hope that  the rest of this hot summer is happy for each of you, my faithful readers and friends, i'm going to leave you as usual greeting you with all my affection, and giving you appointment


very soon 










66 commenti:

  1. Cara Daniela, con piacere torno sul tuo blog dopo la pausa vacanziera. Allietata dalla dolce musica di sottofondo, ammiro la bellezza delle ortensie che amo tantissimo. Soprattutto ne leggo la loro storia, nata dalla passione e dall' amore romantico.
    Bacioni
    Alessandra

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    1. @ Alessandra
      carissima, ti accolgo con immensa gioia dopo questo tuo periodo di riposo e ti ringrazio come sempre, per le parole che il cuore ti detta ... anche tu innamorata delle ortensie !
      Dopo le rose sono i fiori che più mi affascinano e che mi deliziano in giardino.

      Con un fortissimo abbraccio ti auguro una lieta giornata, ed ancora ti ringrazio ❥

      Elimina
  2. Uh Daniela che mi hai ricordato! Da ragazza ho conosciuto una coetanea che si chiamava Ortensia, era bellissima, bruna con gli occhi verdi.
    E nel mio giardino, oltre alle amate rose, ci sono rigogliose ortensie. Rosa intenso, bianca, lilla che tende al viola. Le adoro vederle floride ma anche sfiorite sono eleganti ed assai belle.
    Un caro saluto Susanna

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    1. @ Susanna
      anche tu ricordi legati a questo magnifico fiore, i miei appartengono addirittura alla primissima infanzia, fu il primo fiore che a due mesi di vita vidi in un giardino e che mi affascinò ...e come allora continuo ad essere ammaliata da queste splendide fioriture !
      ஜ Ti abbraccio con tantissimo affetto e ti ringrazio per essere sempre con il tuo entusiasmo e la tua gioia qui con noi, grazie di cuore ஜ

      Elimina
  3. Another exquisite post, Daniela. And I just love Hydrangeas :))
    Have a happy July, my dear.

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    1. @ Kia
      yesterday I was thinking of you and I said to myself 'I have to go and visit those adorable guys' but you always precede me, I'm so sorry to come after you ....
      I hope you to be back in Scotland, here in Italy June has ended and July has begun so very hot, we're all hoping that the true Summer comes back very soon !
      I wish you too a happy month, surely cooler than ours, sending much love with thankfulness ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  4. Dany, I'm glad you do the posts in English also, or I couldn't read them. But looking at them in Italian makes me wish I had time to study that beautiful language now!

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    1. @ Jean
      the first idea of mine was to give life to a blog in English only, but the thing is that in this way I could have 'cut off' most of my Italian friends from ~ My little old world ~ and, on the other hand, I thought, 'This is my mother tongue', also as if I have to admit that the most part of my blog friends are all English-speaking and I'm writing more in English than in Italian here and on the blogs I follow and I'm far too happy of it, I do love English, I've been learning it since I was a child, that's my second mother-tongue, after all, and actually I'm going on reading book in English only !

      So you're interested in learning Italian? Well, tell me if I can help you, I'd do it with all my heart, dear !
      I wish you a joy-filled weekend, thank you for coming and visit me, you gave me such a joy ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  5. Thanks for sharing this lovely and interesting story, Dany !
    Love Hydrangeas ... my favorite is 'Annabelle', we have a lot of them in our garden.
    Hot sunny weather here, 39° today ... pfff, hoping for cooler temperatures now :-)
    Have a great weekend, sweet friend !
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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    1. @ Sylvia
      the thanks are due to me, my dearest friend, for having filled my heart with joy while reading that you enjoyed this post and love Hydrangeas at least as much as I do !
      This July has begun so very hot here too, with 33°- 34°, they're truly too many for us, we're not used to such temperature .... but 39° ... I don't envy you at all ... poor Europe !!!
      Let's hope that the weather come back soon in the normality of the period, we cannot resist :(

      Have you too a lovely weekend, darling, let's hope a little cooler than now ღ*ღ

      Elimina
  6. Che meraviglia!!! Come sempre i tuoi articoli sono pieni di storie affascinanti e aneddoti interessantissimi! L'ortensia mi è sempre piaciuta e non potevo immaginare che nascondesse una storia d'amore come questa! E' davvero una pianta perfetta per esprimere romanticismo! Bellissimo articolo e bellissime foto!

    ;-)

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    1. @ Silvia
      buon pomeriggio cara e grazie di cuore per le bellissime parole, scritte da te sono motivo di autentico orgoglio per me !!!
      Ebbene sì, anche la nostra Ortensia, tra la miriade dei suoi petali, nasconde una tenerissima storia d'amore e sono così tanto lieta di averti ...'svelato' questo segreto :) !
      Ancora con gratitudine ti auguro un lieto prosieguo di giornata ed una gioiosa nuova settimana, non so da dove tu scriva, ma qui speriamo tutti che si decisamente più fresca, la nostra terra si sta infuocando ....
      Ti abbraccio caramente e ti mando un bacione ❤*❤

      Elimina
  7. Quando si dice la sorpresa di un post! Pensa che la nostra casa è Villa Ortensia;
    Ortensia è uno dei nomi che prediligo , romanticamente senza tempo e dolcissimo;le ortensie in terra sono uno splendore di colore , dal rosa più tenue al blu intenso... e lo spettacolo di armonia che riescono a donarci quei minuscoli petali ... quando si tratta di ortensie, non mi fermerei più ...!
    Serena domenica,Dany
    Franca

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    1. @ Franca
      anche tu quindi non resisti al fascino semplice ed insieme superbo di questo fiore dalle mille sfumature, carissima amica mia !
      Ma pensa che strana combinazione, la tua dimora porta proprio questo nome, incredibile !!!!
      Speriamo che poco per volta la temperature rientrino nelle medie stagionali, non so a Monza, ma qui è difficile superare i trenta gradi, cosa che da giorni sta ormai diventando una consuetudine, e non siamo abituati ad un caldo così afoso e torrido ....
      Grazie infinite dolcissima per le tue parole, so quanto ti sia complicato raggiungermi e ti sono grata, di cuore, perché nonostante la problematicità che rappresenta per te non ci rinunci ⊰♥⊱

      Elimina
  8. Very interesting Victorian garden history. Your hydrangeas are stunning and they are indeed very romantic!

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    1. @ Stacy
      you're far too welcome amongst the friends following ~My little old world~ and, to be honest, as good morning, your sweet words sounds so very Beautiful to me, thank you with all my heart !
      I do love Hydrangeas, ancient and from collectione ones, and every day, in this period of the year, it's a surprise having a walk in the garden :)
      With gratitude I hug you •ಌ••ಌ•

      Elimina
  9. Beautiful post Dani. You are a world of knowledge sweet friend. Your posts are always full of interesting bits of history and beauty. Your flowers are natures works of art.

    It is truly a joy to visit you my friend.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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    1. @ Janet
      my darling and sweetest friend, with your words and your presence here you always add Grace and Beauty to my blog, and I'm saying it with a deep gratitude, believe me !
      As your roses, I think that every flower is a work of art and it becomes very special when we care it with our love, as we, loving gardening and truly enjoying the gladness which our garden gives to our heart, do.

      The joy is mine, sweetheart, every time, when I read a comment of yours, more and more !
      With much love I wish you a lovely continuation of this week ✿≼♥≽✿

      Elimina
  10. My dear, sweet, lovely friend, what a charming post! I had no idea these beautiful plants symbolized love and romance and even gratitude....how delightful, Dany!

    I agree wit Janet, you are a world of knowledge :) Thank you, dearest, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. How I love having you at the party! Much love and hugs!

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    1. @ Stephanie
      actually I feel confused by every beautiful word you've written about me and my post, you're such an admirable creature, thank you again and again ... and, be sure, darling friend, it's an honour to me to join your party !
      ❖ Sending dear love and thankfulness to you ❖

      Elimina
  11. Dear Dany,
    I love to come visit you here. Always so many beautiful things to see and to learn.
    The flowers are just so lovely.
    Sending hugs

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    1. @ annie
      my darling and blessed soul, with your visit and your lovely words you've brightened my evening ... you are a flower, a delicate beautiful flower, to take care of and to love !
      Sending hugs and dear love, have a great weekend with your dears, beloved friend,
      with gratitude ••ღ✿ღ••

      Elimina
  12. Magnifico !
    Non so se sia più pregevole la parte storica o quella fotografica, ma l'insieme è davvero sublime, incantevole!
    Ma quanti post hai già fatto ?
    Un bacio
    Mavi

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    1. @ Mavi
      grazie cara per le pregevoli e dolcissime parole che il cuore ti detta !
      Quanti post ho fatto ?! Tra quelli pubblicati e quelli già pronti in bozza sono 154 mi sembra, ma ne ho ancora talmente tanti in mente e mi vengono sempre nuove idee, evviva !
      Ti stringo forte forte in un abbraccio grande come il bene che mi vuoi ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  13. Hello, I love the beautiful hydrangea. Lovely story and images. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. @ eileen
      sweetest friend of mine, I thank you so much for your beautiful words !
      After roses Hydrangeas are my favourite flowers and I have a little collection of ancient plants, I love them so much !

      With so much thankfulness I wish you a most beautiful remainder of your week, darling,
      sending hugs and love to you ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  14. We Finns call Hydrangea > Hortensia. There are species that survive in the garden in our tough climate. But as potted plants for window sills they are the second most popular plants (after roses) at The Mother's Day which we celebrate the second Sunday of May.

    Such adorable photos! Think of all those explorers of ancient days! Thanks to them we know and have exotic plants here in Europe.

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    1. @ riitta
      dearest friend, you know, we also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May !
      I love Hydrangeas also because of their stenght and their sturdiness, but I did ignore that they were able to live and resist even in Sweden, they have adapted to your temperatures too, I love them even more, I'm so glad that you also can enjoy their beauty !

      Thank you, my loving friend, for your always interested and interesting comments I love reading so much,
      may your week be blessed with joy,
      ༺❀༻ sending so much love to you ༺❀༻

      Elimina
  15. Such a beautiful post! It was pleasure to visit here! Thank you! Wishing you well!

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    1. @ Cathy
      it's my pleasure, believe me, you're so very welcome !
      I hug you, my new friend, while wishing you a most beautiful week, with so much gratitude ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  16. Beautiful post......thank you!

    Happy Monday!

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    1. @ Forest Dream Weaver
      I'm so glad to have you here and to read your words !

      Have a most beautiful day, today,
      sending hugs to you,
      with thankfulness ∗✿≫✿≪✿∗

      Elimina
  17. What an absolutely lovely post. I knew where you were going, because I remember that when we lived in Germany, Hydrangea were called Hortensia. Such a beautiful old-fashioned name.

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    1. @ Pondside
      your words go straight to my heart, thanks most sincerely !
      Actually we also in Italy do use both names.

      With so much gratitude I wish you a Joy-filled day ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  18. Always fascinating Dany...these old romantic names and their history are worth learning about. I had no idea hydrangea had such a romantic beginning...but it makes sense as it is a lovely romantic flower.

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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    1. @ Donna
      thank you for gracing my Blog today with your presence here and your lovely words, my dearest one !

      Hope that your week is off to a great start I wish you far beautiful days to come,
      ಌ❀ಌ sending love to you ಌ❀ಌ

      Elimina
  19. I like to think of the Londoners having hydrangeas on their windowsills. They're such a beautiful plant. What an interesting post, Daniela. xo

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    1. @ Judy
      I heartily thank you for your beautiful words, my darling friend ... I wonder how fascinating bow-windows with such flowers in late Winter or early Spring are ( I suppose that inside homes they bloom before than outside )!

      With so much gratitude, both for your visit and your words, I wish you a most lovely remainder of your week,
      sending sweet, big hugs ❥

      Elimina
  20. What a lovely post and I appreciate the translation. You've really given us somethings beautiful to read. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower! Hugs, Diane

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  21. @ Diane
    you're welcome !
    Thanks most sincerely with all my heart for your words of appreciation, blessing my day with joy, Hydrangeas are so wonderful, aren't they, and I also love them so very much, they ask for so little cares and give us so much in blooms !

    Hope you're having a wonderful day, I wish you a most beautiful end of your week ahead,
    with so much gratitude ༺♥♡♥༻

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  22. I wish I knew what the flowers were in the last two photos - beautiful!
    I'm so glad you stopped by http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-many-faces-of-louie.html to share

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    1. @ NC Sue
      in the second last photograph you can see the HYDRANGEA MACROPHILLA 'HANABI' in light bluew shades, and in the last mosaic there are, fron left to right, HYDRANGEA MACROPHILLA 'FREEDOM' AND HYDRANGEA MARIESII VARIEGATED LACECAPS.

      I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post of mine, my lovely lady !

      Enjoy your day, today, sending much love to you ❥

      Elimina
  23. Hi: So beautiful to look at today. Always a pleasure to visit. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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    1. @ Martha
      sweet friend, thank you for your words of enjoyment, it's my pleasure, believe me !

      Sending blessings of joy on the end of your week ahead, dearie,
      with much, so much love ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  24. Dear Dany:
    First - thank you again for the lovely and wonderful card! That was so precious. Your hydrangea post is so lovely as I have been planting them and will continue doing so tomorrow when it finally stays warm according to the forecast. I put some hydrangeas in too soon and the frost got to them Saturday night but believe they will survive the ordeal and come back. I love all your little details here and such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing and linking.

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    1. @ Bernideen
      I'm so glad for the e-card, I was thinking of it for so many days, but I never could find the right moment, I needed a little of calm for choose the right one, indeed, forgive my delay !

      So you also love hydrangeas, they fascinate me so much, and probably also those frozen are going to root, if the frost didn't last for so long, you'll see !

      Hope you're having a beautiful day, my lovely lady, I wish you a wonderful weekend, sending you much love ⊰♥⊱

      Elimina
  25. Interesting story. I had no idea!

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    1. @ Linda
      I'm always so glad to amaze you !

      May the end of your week be filled with much joy, dearest friend of mine, sending hugs and love to you ღ❀ღ

      Elimina
  26. Good Morning Dear One!
    I love hydrangeas and we were blessed to have 4 added to our new landscape and my heart sings with joy.
    Thank you for inspiring us with your knowledge and lovely photos too.
    We love having you share this with us at TOHOT too.

    Jemma

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    1. @ Jemma
      it's always such a delight to read your words, wonderful friend !
      It's not hard to love these amazing flowers, I'm so charmed by them, and I'm so glad to come to know that you also love to be surrounded by their beauty, I wonder how gorgeous they bloom in your climate !

      Have a wonderful day, today, dearie, sending blessings on the end of your week, with sincere love and thankfulness ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  27. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower and we have many hydrangea bushes in our yard. I never knew the stroy of Hortense, how very interesting and romantic! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen

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    1. @ Kathleen
      I'm so very delighted by reading your words, dear friend, so you also do love these stunning flowers, I wonder how beautiful your yard is when they're are in full bloom !

      Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you most lovely days to come, sweetie,
      sending love to you ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
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    1. @ Stacey
      thanks most sincerely, beautiful friend of mine !

      Have a most wonderful day, sending blessings of joy to you ❥

      Elimina
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    1. @ Art and Sand
      your words fill my heart with joy, I'm so very grateful to you for this, Dearest One !

      Sending much love and dear hugs to you ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  30. What gorgeous blooms. I had never before seen this lovely specimen. Thank you for being a lovely flower that joined our garden party.

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    1. @ Laura
      precious friend, kindred soul, you're such a sweethearted lady, your words of amusement fill my heart ... and your so delicate last words truly puzzle me leaving me speechless ...

      So very grateful for this enchanting friendship linking me with you, I'm sending blessings on your Sunday evening and on your Memorial Day ahead, with my dearest love *♥*❀*♥*

      Elimina
  31. As always, your post is a lovely romantic ode.

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    1. @ Carol
      you're so generous with me, Dearest Friend, with your so beautiful words you bless my day !

      Wishing you a lovely day, today,
      and a nice weekend ahead,
      with sincere thankfulness ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  32. Dear Dany, once. again your story of love and adventure has me enthralled, Hortense such a beautiful name for a beautiful plant. Here in France they are known as hortensia not hydrangeas, we have several in our garden but they are not yet in flower, hopefully I shan't have to wait too much too much longer before we can enjoy them again.
    Wishing you a week full of nothing but good things
    Maggie.

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    1. @ Maggie
      Dearest One, I just love your comments, you always seem to make my day a bit brighter, thank you !

      Here our hydrangeas are all in full bloom,
      I hope you may enjoy yours very soon !

      Wishing you too a week filled with so many little things which to be glad for,
      I'm sending ever much love to you ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  33. I could spend all afternoon reading your blog. It's delightful, as always! Hugs to you sweet lady, Diane

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    1. @ Diane
      your so beautiful words leave me speechless and fill my heart to overflowing, I thank you from the deep of my heart for your generosity, Sweeteset Friend !

      I felt your hugs and hope you'll feel mine too,
      *ஐ* thanks once again *ஐ*

      Elimina
  34. Interesting story and lovely hydrangeas!

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    1. @ Linda
      I heartily thank you for commenting, I'm so, so glad you enjoyed it, dearest friend of mine !

      Hope you're having a lovely week so far,
      I'm sending blessings on your coming days ಌ❀ಌ

      Elimina

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