A few years ago, I drove with my sister Mary to Cape Cod for a brief over-night visit with her mother-in-law. It was lovely summer weather on the day we were there. I excused myself part way through the afternoon and walked a bit around Louise's neighborhood. The homes were mostly that lovely weathered gray cedar shingling you see in New England and in nearly every yard, blue hydrangea shrubs were in spectacular bloom.Back at home, we had recently yanked out part of an arborvitae hedge that had encroached on our front walk. This had left an unattractive gap and so I thought of all those gorgeous blue hydrangeas I'd seen on Cape Cod. Wouldn't one of those just fit the bill?
It's taken a couple of years for the shrub to settle in and grow tall enough to look like much. But oh how it makes me smile now. I can almost smell the ocean.
In memory of Louise Cafarelli.