I love these big blowsy beauties that come in all my favorite colors, which of course are the colors of the sea. From the tiny white flowers on the Limelight variety up to the cumulus cloud of Nikko Blue beauty, I’m just a sucker for hydrangeas. It helps that these shrubs grow like mad on Cape Cod. We have one hydrangea bed by our kitchen door that has survived multiple onslaughts of pruning at the wrong time of year, only to rebound with so many blooms that a wreath like the one shown above barely makes a dent in the bounty.

After reading C.L. Fornari’s Nature’s Gifts story (page 52) about holiday decorations culled from Cape backyards, I put down my rake on our clean-up day and made the above wreath, now decorating my office door. I know the colors will fade soon—just like our lovely Cape summer. Still, in mid-February when the temperature seems stuck at 40 degrees and the wind howls in from the Vineyard Sound, the thousands of tiny blossoms will remind me of days to come, when the Nikkos, the Limelights, the Blushing Brides, the LaceCaps, and my favorite—the Endless Summers, will come again.
Stay warm and come back soon!

May 2011
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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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