Welcome to French at Heart, a photography blog with few words, but many pictures of a country I love, France. All of the photographs were taken by my husband, Dean Polis, and myself, Dawne, and edited in Adobe Photoshop. If you like what you see, I would be honored if you'd leave a comment. And if you would like to learn our Digital Photography secrets, and make photographs like these yourself, [ oh, yes, you can do it!] we would be happy to lead you on an image making adventure to France with us. You may contact us here or at my email iluvfrance@wildblue.net
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hydrangeas







All over Normandy right now there is a 
profusion of Hydrangeas. The more acid the soil, the more blue the Hydrangea.  Alkaline soil produces pinker shades. No matter the color, when we move to France, I want dozens of these bushes!

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  1. Incroyable!!! So when you move to France, you'll have room for me, right??? :~)

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    1. You bet , Elaine!! We'll have your room made up in a clin d'œil!!!

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  2. Oh, my!

    These are too gorgeous for words, Dawne. I want to thank you so much for leaving your comment through, Anita. So sorry you are having problems leaving comments. I find that when I use firefox as my browser I have trouble leaving comments on blogs.

    I hope your summer is off to a beautiful start. This is one of the busiest times for me. I become the summer chauffeur from event to event. I love visiting you! It always makes me feel as if I were sitting In a little piece of France that has come alive through your lens. Thank you for the lovely respite.

    xoxo,
    Nancy

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    1. Aw, thanks, Nancy. I feel the same way when I go to your magazine-worthy French home! And as for leaving comments, after 12 hours I think I've worked it out!!!
      xx

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  3. Hello Dawne,
    These are so beautiful and I think equally so when they dry. They are so beautiful in a vase also! When are you moving to France, and where? John and I have been thinking of buying there, down south in Aude (Carcasonne).
    Di
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    1. Oh, Di, I agree totally about the BIG bouquet in a vase! I have pinned some gorgeous ones somewhere on my boards. And that is exciting about you and John!! Oh, DO IT!!!!!!

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  4. Bonjour Dawne....I bought a pot of gorgeous pink hydrangeas for our apartment in Montmartre...in fact, this was the first thing I bought when I arrived in Paris. Aren't they special! A bientot.

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    1. Bonjour Robyn! Of course you bought flowers the first minute your pied touched Paris!!! That's the elegant romantic in you!! I want to see pix of your Montmartre apartment!!
      xx

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  5. GOOD MORNING MY DEAR! After finally fighting with Picasa, I am here! OK, I want white hydrangeas because the blue ones do NOT do well here. LOOK AT THIS PROFUSION of beauty....HALLELUJAH!!!

    Oh don't you just love France my dear? Why is it so beautiful?

    How are you today......is GOOGLE being kinder to you???? Anita

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    1. Bonjour, Anita! Now I have not had trouble yet with Picasa, but accessing my Picasa web albums was one of my problems. I have to sign out of Wildblue and into Gmail to do that now, too.
      I have white hydrangeas, and they are lovely, but I do so want the blue!!!
      I have conquered GOOGLE!!!
      xx

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  6. holy hydrangeas! although i prefer the blue, these are gorgeous against the old building!
    erin
    xxoo

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    1. Yes, that stone does set them off, Erin, and that's the way it looks in much of Normandy and Brittany. I have to come back to see you now that I can finally leave comments again!

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  7. I agree hydrangeas are beautiful against stone! How wonderful that you will be living in France. I am green with envy!! Thanks for the beautiful post.

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    1. Well, Lisa, we aren't there yet, but we have a few appointments to look at houses there this month! So hold that green for a while!!
      xx

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  8. Morning Dawne,
    There's those lovely hyds again!

    Thanks for commenting on my perfume post. I have written an equally lengthy reply there. We share the same passion it seems.
    Have a wonderful weekend dear friend.
    Di
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    1. Yes, Di, we do seem to share many of the same passions, it seems!! Look forward to meeting you someday to share them!!
      xx

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  9. Oh...WOW.
    Dear Dawne, these are so gorgeous...the setting of my dreams! (one of them..hee)
    Wishing you a splendid weekend!
    Bises,
    - Irina

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    1. Yes, Irina, it is the setting of my dreams, too! And this scene appears all over Normandy and Brittany! They must love that cool, damp air...
      xx

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  10. DAWNE!!!!!!! I just came up for air after spending an afternoon cleaning!

    I SAW THAT YOU CAME NOT ONCE, BUT SEVERAL TIMES!!! You were able to get the comments going! But what a hassle! I have had that happen before a while back. I hope it is fixed! You are a great friend and a dear to keep trying! Great photos, huh? That PINK PARROT? That GREEN MOTH? Oh I had fun with you yesterday on Pinterest! I hope you are having a great weekend!!! LOVE! Anita

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    1. Fun! Yes! I wonder what others must think of our goofiness!!!!
      xx

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  11. Just beautiful. We have hydrangeas and even what we call wild or oakleaf ones here in Birmingham. It gets so hot, I don't know how they make it in the summer.
    V

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    1. I am so surprised by that, Virginia! I thought they needed a cool, wet climate! I can't grow the blue ones at all, and I do love them so...
      xx

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  12. Oh, i so love hydrangeas, they are such happy, abundant flowers! YOu do move to France? So exiting!

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    1. Oh, Martina, we are not moving yet, but will look at a few houses I found on the internet when we are there in 10 days!!!!!
      xx

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  13. Dear Dawne,
    What a beautiful setting for hydrangeas! I have never had luck with growing them.. The weather here is much to hot... Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Wishing you a beautiful week.
    Blessings,
    Penny

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  14. Salut Dawne...would love to have le vin/champagne when you arrive next week....can you spare the time? A bientot.

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