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Hydrangeas: Cape Cod And The Islands

Over 340 striking color photos introduce readers to the quintessential flower of the Cape and the Islands, the hydrangea. The lucky people who live in the region revel in these lush flowers flourishing in a maritime climate. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beautiful displays of hydrangeas in home gardens, outside restaurants and inns, and especially in waterfront areas, where hydrangeas thrive in the sea air. Blue blooms predominate, their naturally cheerful colors echoing the blue of the sea and the sky. Regional gardeners also delight in creating tapestries of color in shades of pink, purple, and blue. This book captures the beauty of hydrangeas and their wide range of uses, both outdoors and indoors, including their frequent appearance in wedding bouquets. From the lacy white flowers of climbing hydrangeas in early spring to the rich burgundy blooms of late fall, hydrangeas bring accents of beauty throughout the growing season.

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (April 28, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764340557

ISBN-13: 978-0764340550

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #665,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #27 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > New England #671 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Flowers

This is a smaller book, not a large coffee table one. Still, the photographs are current, gorgeous and inspiring. It is a feast for the eyes to see Cape Cod & the Islands and Hydrangeas together.My only complaint is so many of them are too small!! Even with space leftover on the page, the photographs are too small. I'm glad I bought this book but wish both the photographs and the size of the book were much bigger.

I love Cape Cod and the Islands, and hydrangeas are my favorite flower, so this book seemed like a must-have for me. I have to say that it surpassed my expectations. It's a true picture book, with stunning photography on every page. Great to flip through the pages while enjoying a cup of coffee on a rainy afternoon.

Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands highlights the beauty and majesty of the vibrant and exquisite hydrangea gardens of Cape Cod. If you have not physically witnessed this, the photos and text in this book brings to life the unique, historical and serene elegance of this spectacular flowering plant and how it is incorporated so casually and also formally in the gardens of homes and businesses, large and small on this legendary island. The photography perfectly captures the flowers and the overall Cape Cod "experience".

What an exceptional book! As both an avid hydrangea gardener and a Cape Cod and Islands lover, this book sings to a very delightful tune. Congruent with the plants and the settings themselves, this book is pure eye-candy--beware, visual overload will quickly ensue!The author Joan Harrison, who is the founding president of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, has done a remarkable job of showing hydrangeas in all sorts of settings across the region: private residences, businesses, parks, ferry terminals, beaches, weddings, and more. She is quick to use a variety of hydrangeas in her photographs (which I really appreciate since often-times the diversity of the hydrangea world goes unsung): macrophylla mopheads of all colors, macrophylla lacecaps of all colors, arborescens, paniculatas, oakleafs, and climbers. Her commentary is brief but this book is really about the pictures anyway. But the few words peppered throughout are useful, succinct, and appropriate. I especially appreciate the references to places like Heritage Gardens, Hydrangea Farm Nursery, Wychmere Harbor, the Wequasset Resort, and others as high-quality, public, or semi-public viewing places for these glorious shrubs. For anyone interested in buying hydrangeas, the author not only writes about some good plant nurseries on the Cape and Islands, but actually takes pictures of those places so you can see what you are buying before you ever get there!For anyone who has had the privilege of visiting Cape Cod, Nantucket, and/or Martha's Vineyard during the months of July and August, this book makes for a surprisingly exceptional souvenir. While the plants are the stars of the show, there are just as many beaches, harbors, boats, shingled houses, and landmarks "in the background" so to speak that make this book all the more delightful. Within only a few pages, this became my #1 favorite book of all time! SIX stars!

Joan Harrison has created an extraordinary glimpse of hydrangeas on the Cape and the Islands. Her pictures reinforce why this beautiful shrub has become quintessential to the area as much as sea and sand. Each picture makes the reader long for beautful summer days filled with hydrangeas.

I love this book. I have it on my coffee table and it has been picked up and looked through by nearly everyone who comes to my house. Gorgeous photography and ideas for the hydrangea lover.

Wonderful book of Hydrangeas. Super photos of the best examples on the Cape and Islands. This is .a table top book, not a informational book on the topic. Thus, it makes a great present.

We love our own hydrangeas and we love Cape Cod. This book was a wonderful way to educate ourselves about many varieties that grow in the Northeast, especially on Cape Cod

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