I have a huge soft spot for Nantucket and few things remind me of that adorable island more than the hydrangea. When planning my front garden, which is basically a huge mulched bed that enjoys blazing sunshine almost all day long, planting several of these puffy, soothing beauties was a no brainer. After successfully murdering the first batch that was planted, a second round was installed. An errant landscaper did everything he could think of to perpetrate their demise, but miraculously, they seem to have finally survived to the point that they are blooming enough for me to cut some flowers to enjoy inside. This is the first bloom of the year and I'm ecstatic that they are back.