Our Hydrangeas Are Blooming!

Last spring we planted twenty-five hydrangea shrubs in the interior beds along 4th and 5th St. Unlike other areas of the country we’ve visited, Waco doesn’t seem to have an abundance of hydrangeas growing in yards, and although the plants were purchased from local growers I wasn’t sure how well they’d do.

They’re growing splendidly, each small plant has multiple pink blooms that last for weeks. In eastern US states I’m told they love lots of sun and water (a soaker hose in the evenings); ours are planted under trees and are watered three times a week by irrigation sprinklers. We planted one-gallon pots that have doubled in size in a year. In my son’s Oregon yard fifteen year old hydrangeas are 8′ tall; I’m hopeful we’ll see this same growth pattern. The blooms could be blue if we had acid soil. The addition of coffee grounds around the plant’s stalk will acidify the soil – but we’ll be sticking w/ the pink and creme colors that are naturally produced in this garden.


May 2011

May is always filled with lots of gardening (mostly weeding), and multiple Saturday & Sunday events this year. As decor pics are taken I’ll try to add them to this post – we often remember our camera too late so I’m always thrilled when photographers share their work – this generally happens 4-6 weeks after the event. Busy weekends like these remind me of how grateful we are to have a good crew and also community service teens to help with each event’s long hours of work. 

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Saturday, May 14: an aqua/white/black/feathers palette was used for a 250-guest reception; the DJ –GGC Productions/Gregg Hoffmann also added aqua LED lighting to the tent’s ceiling. The bride’s mom provided a framed sign and hanging cards for a wishing tree, and beautiful photos including some childhood pics were displayed on two 6′ tables at the base of the steps. Asher Creek Photography documented the church ceremony and reception at EHHPG.

Sunday, May 15: an 80-guest event with a green/yellow/cream/white palette – an early event with a sparkler departure just after dusk. Ceremony decor included the bride’s cute $1 Target pails filled with live plants. The groom’s surprise reception addition for the bride was a version of the drink served at BU’s weekly Dr Pepper Hour, where I’m told they mix it using a trash can and yardstick (we served the ‘mushed’ ice cream/Dr Pepper mix in a punch bowl).  Whiffle balls & bats, table games and a camera on a tripod with dress-up props provided entertainment.  Ninfa’s fajitas and a queso bar, and Sprinkles cupcakes added to a relaxed, comfortable celebration. Joshua Grammon photographed the event (he and his tog wife are willing to travel from their LA home for other EHHPG events).

Saturday, May 21: a 145-guest wedding and reception with a very personalized vintage theme that included collected china at guest tables, handmade burlap & lace runners, vintage fabrics, mercury glass, mason jars and lots of candlelight. Carino’s catered, Gwendynne Hunt provided both cakes, Ken@dependabledj.com kept the party rolling, and Steve Deramee Professional Bartending manned the bar. The crew from Wedding Theatre Videography, and Shan Renee Ingram Photography documented this couple’s special day.

Sunday, May 22: Jimmy Dorrell from Mission Waco officiated for this 105-guest wedding and reception. A vintage natural reception theme included birdsnests, robins blue eggs, birdcages, Tiffany blue toppers, and grapevine. Kathryn Krueger photographed the day. Bobby Rudeen baked the cakes; sugar art flowers and a fondant airplane were sculpted for the cakes by the groom’s stepmom who is a professional pastry chef out-of-state. The meal was catered by Blanek’s Custom Catering (they served a delicious cherry-strawberry punch that I will personally vouch for), and Steve Deramee provided bartending services.

Friday, May 27: A rehearsal dinner for 64 guests. We setup in the grass along the EHH circular drive, black linens, white napkins, IKEA white glass, button mums and guitar pix sprinkled for favors. The Range/Salado catered.

Saturday, May 28: A wedding/reception for 200 guests. The bride is a pastors daughter (he officiated) and the MOB coordinated church members and friends who provided food and arranged flowers. Some of the DIY details that personalized this event: paper cones filled with petals hung down the aisle, sturdy & beautiful paper fan programs, and wire table stands that held a photo of couple on one side with a bible verse on the back.

Sunday, May 29. A wedding/reception for 209 guests. Wendy at Wolfe Florists made the personals & stopped by in the afternoon to help AJ Buchanan and me with reception decor, Nik Riggs Photography documented the day, Patti’s Kitchen served a selection of appetizers, tea, lemonade and bar drinks,  DJ Kevin Ballew kept the group on the dancefloor throughout the evening, snapshot fun was provided by A Swanky PhotoBooth, and Trey Concilio Classic Car Rental drove the couple out the gates around 11:15 as guests sang a BU song with sparklers in-hand.