Postcard From the Garden at Bee Cottage

Postcard From the Garden at Bee Cottage

It is finally fixin’ to rain out here on Long Island. The sky feels as full as my tummy after a yummy Sunday lunch with friends. I had such a good time I came home and took a nap. When I woke up the sky was darker, and thunder rumbled […]

It is finally fixin’ to rain out here on Long Island. The sky feels as full as my tummy after a yummy Sunday lunch with friends. I had such a good time I came home and took a nap. When I woke up the sky was darker, and thunder rumbled in the distance. If it rains hard and I don’t take pictures of my garden before it gets beat to hell… So I scampered out…

“Scamper” might be a little strong.

Bee Cottage Garden
A vintage postcard version of the garden at Bee Cottage, East Hampton.

For new readers, Bee Cottage is my house in East Hampton.

But here’s the thing I wanted to tell you: Snapseed. It’s the iPhone app I used processing these photos.  There are many photo apps, of course, each one cooler and more mysterious to me than the next. But this one I’m investing in. Literally. At 5 bucks they ain’t giving it away, but it does so many cool things. And if I can do it, trust me…

Hydrangeas, lilies, dahlias and lavatera
Hydrangeas, lilies, dahlias and matracaria, with the Snapseed ''drama'' and ''center focus'' effects.

Hydrangeas are not show-offs, but they are dependable by golly. And more exotic than you think. There is a nursery in France, Hortensias du Haut Bois, that grows more than 750 varieties and cultivars of hortensia, as they are called in French. Amazing. (If you go to the site there is an “English” button in the left hand column to translate the text.)

Lacecap Hydrangea
Lacecap hydrangeas are one of my favorites. This one is shot using the ''drama'' effect again, simply because it is not often you see ''drama'' and ''hydrangea'' in the same sentence.

Girls used to be called Hortense. Whatever happened to that? It’s pretty, but it’s kind of hard to imagine someone saying “Hortense, I must have you now.” Maybe that’s what happened to it.

Admittedly like many words Hortense sounds sexier in French than in English, Or-TAHNS vs. HOR-tense. In English it sounds like nervous prostitute.  Maybe we ought to re-think that last paragraph.

Josephine Bonaparte had a pretty daughter named Or-TAHNS by her first husband, who got the guillotine. Her second husband–Napoleon–married her off to his brother Louis. They were not happy but they did have three children, one of whom grew up to be Napoleon III. Now I am really off the subject.

What was the subject?

Herb and vegetable garden
Through the petunias. the (overgrown) herb and vegetable beds at Bee Cottage, this time using the Snapseed ''grunge'' effect. Live dangerously I say.

It’s definitely raining now. I did the right thing. Y’all have a good week. See you soon.

Love,

Hortense

I was just seeing how it sounded.

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