Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mosaic Monday #2 I ♥ Hydrangeas

Thank you to all who participated in Mosaic Monday last week and shared their creative collages. I recognized names from when Mary hosted and was excited to see some of my blogging sisters trying their hand at a mosaic and participating for the first time.
One never knows what to expect when hosting a blog party and I feel a disclaimer is in order:
If your link does not contain a mosaic and/or your sole purpose for linking is for personal recognition, I feel obligated to remove your link out of fairness to the other participants.
The link will be up around 2pm EST on each Sunday and not Monday as I had announced. I was a little nervous and had Monday on the brain but I've got that all sorted out in my mind now. And, Sunday afternoon is convenient for most of us.
I have a favour to ask. Many participants link up on Sunday and do their visiting and commenting that day. However, some bloggers for whatever reason do not link until Monday and are forgotten as people have moved on to other parties or their work week. Will you kindly take some time later on Monday and see if there are some wonderful contributions you've missed please?
And now, let's party! I decided to use Pizap this week, another software that is free to download and has lots of unusual templates to play with. 
Hydrangea paniculata is the variety that I like best and it survives robustly through our cold and snowy winters. A few featured from our gardens.
My absolute favourite is 'Limelight' that transforms in colour through the seasons as you can see above.
An older mosaic I made of 'Limelight.' Does anyone recognize this software? I'm wondering if it was the one that PicMonkey replaced? I like this layering format and would use it again if I can locate it.
Thank you for participating in Mosaic Monday, without you there would be no party.



40 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower! They are so pretty fresh or dried and come in so many pretty colors...lots of shades of lavender, too! Thanks for the party! I'll visit some tomorrow, too. Sweet hugs, your lavender buddy Diane

Janneke said...

So nice these different mosaics and I see you have some beautiful Hydrangeas. Thank you very much for this party!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Wonderful blooms. Thanks for another program to make mosaics/collages. I've mentioned a couple as well. The day has turned out to be a lovely one.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your hydrangeas are so pretty - thanks for sharing them.
Thanks for hosting !!

Vee said...

That is a very nice page on the last one. What was that program that PicMonkey replaced anyhow? I remember how horrified we all were at its passing from the scene. If I think of it, I'll be back. I don't remember seeing that specific set-up.

Your hydrangeas are beautiful. What I love about limelight is that it adds "light" to any setting no matter if the day is gray or it is evening. It's a wonderful plant and I wish that I had one.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I like all of your hydrangeas, Judith, and will have to take a look at the program you used make the collages. I missed your "maiden voyage" last week, but am happy to join in with you today.

Karen

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Oh I am such a novice to mosaics and am so impressed with all the mosaics of my fellow bloggers (I learn so much not only about other topics but blogging as well from you all!) So are the hydrangia photos from PicMonkey Royale? I've been using the basic free version and if this is what I can do with an upgrade I will certainly do so. thanks again for hosting! Jackie

Beth said...

Hi Judith, Lovely hydrangeas, beautiful mosaics! I have one Endless Summer cultivar (I dug out several others last year due to poor productivity), 'Pinky Winky,' 'Incrediball,' and 'Invincibelle Spirit.' I'm looking to add either 'Limelight' or 'Little Lime.' Lovely!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judith, Your hydrangeas are beautiful. My favorite are the green with the pinkish edges. I have not heard of Limlight.. I do use the Picmonkey.. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

These are pretty ( flowers and mosaics as well...I'll have to check that software out :)

I thought that you were starting on Mondays so I missed last week but will get a move on now and find something to link up , lol :)

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Judith and thank you for hosting. I love hydrangeas but have no success growing them in Georgia. Your photos are lovely.
Mildred

Snap said...

Your hydrangeas are so pretty. The only ones I see down here have just come from the florist. I have one in the yard, but it looks so sad (even though I talk to it). I'll keep trying. I'm betting it doesn't like the heat any better than I do! Thank you for hosting.

Donna said...

Very beautiful! I sure wish we had room to grow hydrangeas! I don't mess around too much with the free photo editors, so I can't tell you which program you may have used for the last collage. I do know that lunapic can create a blurred frame around a photo. There should be a link to it on A Personal Photo Challenge blog's sidebar.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful, Judith! I miss the hydrangeas I was able to grow in New York. We hardly see any here in Colorado, unless a person lives in a deer free area. Your collages are gorgeous. I very rarely venture out of Google Picasa's collage maker, but someday when I have more time I'd like to explore more programs.

Botanic Bleu said...

Judith,
Your hydrangeas are so pretty. My mom's hydrangeas barely bloomed this year due to the harsh winter.

Congratulations on hosting Mosaic Monday. I will remember your linky party when one of my posts has a mosaic in it. Is the linky party only for garden topics?

Off to look at more mosaics,
Judith

Maggie said...

Beautiful mosaics, Judith your hydrangeas are stunning, love the pale colours. I didn't realise that you were now hosting MM until visiting Lorrie's blog this morning. I'm a little late for this week but I'll try and join you next time.
Have a wonderful week.

Pondside said...

What gorgeous hydrangeas! I've had luck with mine this year and have been enjoying them a lot. I'd like to find some limelight for the new house!

Veronica Roth said...

Yay, I made it. Love the hydrangeas Judith. I have a bush here in Northmoor, but our soil is very lime-y and blue is absolutely impossible, so they are pink. Robert loves the blue ones and so he has to get his fill of them in Vancouver...lol.

Mary Cromer said...

Thank you so much for hosting this meme Judith, it will be wonderful getting to continue on with the party. I must add that even in retirement it is difficult to keep up and I will try my best to make my visits and comments as best I can throughout the week. Your Hydrangeas are so beautiful. My mother had a favorite that she got in late 1960's. After she passed away I cut 12 slips and only one survived. Twenty one years later, sadly that bush succumbed to a harsh Winter. Not to be too down, as I took my own slips from same bush a few years ago for my niece and come next Spring, I can begin again~

A Quiet Corner said...

Judith, your hydrangeas are sheer beauty! I wish ours would begin to produce like this!! ...:)JP

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Fabulous subtle colours......love the soft pink one! I'm always surprised how my hydrangeas survive year after year no matter what the weather.

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Donna said...

I enjoyed the posts from last week. I entered 2 this week as I have collages from both blogs. And I like that you asked us to check back to see who has posted.

Judith I love your collages and I appreciate finding new software and will give it a try. I need to get more hydrangeas that will take the winter so I appreciate the ideas for ones that work for you.

Pamela Gordon said...

HI Judith, your hydrangea mosaics today are beautiful. I decided to join the party this week. Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Pam

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I've neglected to do a mosaic. I meant to!
Ah, well. I can visit them, I suppose! Lovely meme idea. I like the way you've clearly articulated the rules. There are way too many spammers out there, rather than friends visiting one another's lovely photos.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I obviously have some branching out to do! Love the formats you are using. Shows off your beautiful flowers so well. Happy Monday! Thanks for hosting!

Art and Sand said...

I don't have anything to post this week, but I am excited that you are now hosting the party.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love hydrangeas - yours are so fabulous.

bj said...

I don't know anyone that doesn't love these beautiful flowers.
Thanks for having the party.

Christy said...

My hydrangeas did not do well this year, so what you wrote was most interesting.

Christy
Lilbitbrit

NatureFootstep said...

lol, you gave me a name. Fire and ice :) Thanks!

bettyl-NZ said...

These blooms always make great shots! Your colors are lovely.

kitty said...

What fun, Judith! Your hydrangeas are gorgeous. I can see why you love the "limelight" variety. I'm trying to grow hydrangeas and have two types. I hope they survive.

orchid Miyako said...

I knew this link through our friend Eileen; Thank you very much for hosting♪
BEAUTIFUL hydrangeas, aren't they♡♡♡
Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Alexa T said...

Oh..I have some beautiful hydrangeas in my post, too! Lovely flowers!! And so good to know about the new infos shared by you...
Have a good week!

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous hydrangea mosaics. They are one of my favourite flowers. Our summer was so hot and dry that they faded early here, but I'm getting a few fresh blossoms now and hopefully more will come as the weather cools.

Montanagirl said...

Hi Judith; I'm just stopping by for my once-a-week blog session. I really like your Mosaics. You do a beautiful job with them!

Ida said...

Such lovely Hydrangea mosaics. I think they are beautiful flowers but mine always died in the winter so I gave up trying to raise them. - Good to know about MM2 now, I'll keep this in mind now that I'm back to blogging again.

podso said...

I think that last mosaic was from picnic which pic monkey replaced, I think. My current header is an old one that used the same thing I think. If I run across something similar I'll let you know. Beautiful mosaics this week Judith. Makes me miss our hydrangeas which were "much to do about nothing" this year because of our cool spring, I guess--anyway, weather related.

Angela McRae said...

I absolutely love hydrangeas, so this collage theme was especially enjoyable!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Judith, your hydrangea collages are just gorgeous! I so love this flower. Have a nice day.

Blessings,
Sandi

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