15 September 2011

Tory Burch

 Loves Hydrangeas-

see the beautifully decorated spaces of her Madison Avenue store on her blog here

THEY seem not to mind hydrangeas- 

Marina Rust Connor, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer & Vera Wang at the Tory Burch store celebration

She does Not LOVE them.


She really must loathe them. 
& You?
Loathe or Love?
Hydrangeas that is.


  1. I love hydrangeas (but not the dried ones) of all sizes and colors. Mary

  2. She really does loathe them! I love hydrangeas or Hortensia as they are known in France, especially the blue, purple and white ones, I have a friend who like Madonna, loathes them, she finds them funereal. Flowers I am not too fond of are Chrysanthemums, Begonias and Dahlias.

  3. Maison21, We know at least one person!

    Jones-I do too and I love the dried ones-they really stand up to time I will photo some of my dried ones for you soon.

    Dash, I'd say! Yes the purple ones are a fav of mine too. I have a friend with a garden path lined with Annabelles and when they are all in bloom they are truly heavenly-a perfect wedding setting! Mums do get a bad rap, but I love the dinnerplate Dahlias as they are the one thing left from Summer and appreciated more so because of it. pgt

  4. I have not met a Hydrangea that I did not love.

  5. Patricia, neither have I, can not say that of some people I have encountered. pgt

  6. Hi Gaye,
    The clips are fun. Love that 40's look Madonna is rockin".
    Taste in plants...the great plantswomen of the 20th c certainly had plenty to say on the subject. Elizabeth Perenyi in "Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden" has an essay on plants that are U and non-U. Vita SW had her opinions, certainly. Did Margery Fish? She seems so equable, so I cannot remember particular plant she disliked, and I believe it was Fish who stated a weed was a plant in the wrong situation.
    As for the gentlemen...Beverly Nichols could wither a plant with his disapprobation. In a recent Highgrove show, Alan Titmarsh revealed his loathing for gladiolas. Hamish Bowles declares his fondness for glads, and rescuing a flower from garden purgatory, is, I think, terribly chic.
    On hydrangeas, few plants can match the mass a real color effects for the shade border...perhaps not true deep shade but arranged along a wall with northern exposure, or under trees in dappled light. The blue color is only achieved by alchemy, and the gardener who winces at snail bait will perversely reach for aluminum sulfate.
    For my garden hydrangeas are not happy with the dry summers, but like Fish, I can imagine that in the right situation a bank of them, shimmering with the blue of aluminum splendor, would be swell.
    xo P

  7. ahh! Philip, thank you for lending the balance and context to the posting! I can not argue with the pronouncements of Beverly Nichols, devoted to him as I am. I love the Margery Fish comment about the weed, Poor Poor Weeds! As to the glad-Again there is something very sturdy and forthright about them an appropriately hardy flower for the, say, 30s 40's-and now for that matter- a depression recession flower. I think associations do enter into the flower love or loathe more so with scent than flower though. I love the abundance of hydrangea on display at the Tory Burch store and nothing is prettier to my eye than a mist on the intimately clustered blooms of the hydrangea.

  8. I love them, I have several bushes mostly white, just now they are all turning pink and green at the edges. Yummy!

  9. Right now I'm a big fan of the Peegee hydrangeas, shown on my blog at the moment. I too like all hydrangeas, all flowers for that matter. I'm only criticism is that when cut they can be very picky about staying alive, much to prone to getting droopy. I've taken to buying the plants and stuffing them into something pretty so that they will last.

  10. Love the old fashioned white. Still have dried ones (in a plastic sweater box) that I picked at my Grandparents house, Ironton, Michigan, summer 1991, a few months before my Grandpa passed. And they are still holding!
    Fondest memories - sitting on white wicker, on their porch, drinking iced coffee from tall aluminum glasses (yes, your lip could stick) - glancing over those giant hydrangea bushes that surrounded the front porch, assured that anyone who passed by knew you were most certainly older than 12.

  11. we prefer a pure white rose.

    the sort that opens more each day and fills the room with a beauteous fragrance.


    thank you for your tweet. it helped. we're on the mend....

    tg xx

  12. I admit it. I like hydrangeas. White, pink, rose, blue, green, lavender, deep blue, deep purple, antiqued, peegee.

    Most of ours have started out as stubs after buying the plants around Mother's Day, cutting off the blooms and then planting what's left. As long as they have water, they are happy. We plant them in full sun, partial sun and shade.

    The deep blues and purples are my favorite.

  13. Miss Rayne- that is one of the wonderful things about the flower-its ability to change with the soil and season.

    Friend&Faux- yes and I think the idea of memory does enter into our preferences greatly too. Yours is a poignant and special one. thanks for sharing it with me. PGT

  14. TeamGloria- sending You fragrant bunches of roses! I've picked dozens & dozens of David Austin Glamis Castle',childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and the setting of Shakespeare's play MacBeth. Full of the old rose character Glamis is pure white and endowed with strong myrrh fragrance. Be Well. Gaye

  15. Brilliant and tantalizing post!

    Who could "hate" hydrangeas who has a heart!

    Madonna does not. She is the "tin man" with a glamorous exterior!

    There is no "heart " in there! a narcissist to the "nth" degree!

    Pity any plant near her! Put coal in her stocking! She will never learn......she has no heart!

    Just my opinion.....of course.......(I have been following her for many years......she has purchased many houses in Los Angeles.....she leaves wreckage in her path. Not one ounce of soul in that body.)!!



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