Friday, July 24, 2009

Green Grapes and White Hydrangeas









The grapevines in the back yard were planted by my husband's grandparents 75 years ago.....



His grandfather made wine....and grandmother made grape jelly.....



Last week the grapes were this fresh green color.....they are beginning to turn purple now....



The backyard has several stands of these beautiful mature hydrangeas.....heavy full blossoms bend toward the ground.....



What could be more beautiful or indicative of summer than these lovely white blossoms and these fresh green grapes and leaves?
Occasionally my mother in law and a girlfriend have picked the grapes and made grape jelly...
...it was delicious....but took a lot of time and work!
No one, in recent years has tried to make wine.....Maybe I'll try when I retire!

27 comments:

Kay said...

Gorgeous photos and beautiful colours, funnily enough I just did my blog about hydrangeas and their amazing powers of rejuvenating..if only my skin could plump up as easily!! Have a great weekend. xx

manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup!!
amitiés

manon

Julie@beingRUBY said...

More wonderful, summerful pics to keep me going in the southern hemisphere! Beautiful hydrangeas.

tales from an oc cottage said...

What lovely pictures!

m ^..^

Floss said...

How beautiful. Our grapes are still green here. Last year they went mouldy but this yera Ben is watching them like a hawk and I think we may get a decent crop.

For my birthday I was given a beautiful white hydrangea just like yours, but once into the ground it has done its litmus paper thing and turned pale pink! It is very pretty nonetheless, and I usually have a head of hydrangea and some other garden flowers as a centrepiece for our table at the moment.

Enjoy your summer!

Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

Lovely! Hydrangeas are my favorite! Take care, Caroline

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Gorgeous Summertime pics!! Gotta show these grapes to my hubby, he keeps saying he is planting some grapes to make him some wine...not sure they will grow all to well here in NC, but we will let him take a try, Blessings, Janna

Irma said...

prachtige plaatjes, leuk fruit uit eigen tuin.

Jacqueline said...

Don't you just love Hydrangeas ? They are up there with my favourites, especially the white ones. I have just taken some photos of my white oak leaf hydrangea 'snow queen'.
How lovely for you to have the history of things that were planted by your grandparents. Hope you are having a great time with your sisters XXXX

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

I agree that beautiful crisp white with the fresh color of green spells summer. Thanks for sharing. I had a great visit. Connie

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Those colors together look so fresh and clean. There's something so romantic about the look of grapes on an arbor even if you don't make wine. Takes one back to a more quiet and peaceful time.

Tracey said...

Grapes planted by your grandparents - that is just soooo cool! These pictures are just amazing, and I do think you should try making some wine:)

T

Lisa said...

Lovely pictures! It really shows the beauty of Summer!
Hugs, Lisa

curiousgoods said...

Your blog is beautiful.......... glad I found it! very peaceful.........

Aimee said...

Beautiful pictures. Everything looks so pretty.

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Les Cotrions said...

White hydrangea and green raisin are a faboulous combination! So fresh!!!
Happy Sunday!
Vale

One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for commenting on my post regarding the Cats Meow. I love getting comments and discovering new blogs.
Make sure you contact me before your trip to Tampa in the fall. I live in Tampa and I know of some great shops in Tampa...one being The Summer House Marketplace on So. Manhattan.
But I know of lots of great outings. So do stay in touch.
Hugs
Becky

mimi charmante said...

two of my favorite things in my garden right now. my white hydrangea isn't really white - but it is my favorite "limelight". I think this year will be the first for serious grapes. I envy the history behind yours!
have a lovely sunday,
xo

Brenda said...

They are indeed beautiful! And even more so with the history behind them.
Brenda

June said...

Laura, Your pictures are beautiful. I love the white hydrangeas and have several in my garden as well.
Smiles,
June

Chrissy said...

What a pretty post Laura, I love the white hydrangeas!! Hope you have enjoyed your weekend!!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Laura! Thanks so much for coming by and attending the party! I'm so glad you got lots of great ideas! This party was such a wonderful success I will probably do it next year and would love it if you would join us then! Have a fabulous week!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

ByLightOfMoon said...

Many thanks for sharing these beautiful garden blooms and you have an awesome blog!
Smiles, Cyndi

Jacqueline said...

Just a little P.S. Laura...I gave you an award in my Friday 24th July post...... just to say thank you so so much for being so supportive as I start my blogging journey ..... thank you XXXX

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Beautiful photos and I love the hydrangeas. We also have grapes and my mom makes grape jelly every year.

Sandy

Alicia said...

Such lush, beautiful images Laura. I bet its even more wonderful in person. I love the history they share with you & the family. Grape jam would be fun...maybe a grape tart too.
Have a lovely week.