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  1. Lynn says:

    Fresh lime or lemon juice only!!! Never ever use Roses lime it ruins it. A good cosmo should be light pink

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i agree with fresh ingredients. and i have a cosmo recipe on the blog with fresh lime juice. but this recipe called for Rose’s lime juice and i always keep mixes on hand in the off event i don’t have the real deal or for a larger gathering where shortcuts come in handy. i might have been heavy handed with the cranberry juice. but it tasted pretty darn good. cheers!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I also adore hydrangeas! We moved to southern Alabama ten years ago. Although our region is always the hottest (and most humid) on the weather map, I have found that oak leaf hydrangeas grow well. Also one whose official name I forget but it has lovely blooms which go from light green to strawberry. Both these types have wood stems which I think is why they grow here. We also have soaker hoses on timers in our garden beds which certainly helps during the scorching sumners!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      soakers are a must for hydrangeas. that afternoon sun can wreak havoc. i’ve heard good things about the oak leaf hydrangea and
      we’re incorporating those into or landscape design. thanks so much for sharing! xo

  3. Leu2500 says:

    You can grow peonies! I live in Huntsville, AL & there are plenty of peonies here. And I think we’re a bit warmer than the Atlanta area, since we are in a valley v. Being more mountainous. Just stick to early & midseason varieties. Or oldies but goodies like Felix maxima. Check out Brent & Becky’s bulbs, plant delights nursery, and niche gardens for some varieties that will work.

  4. Julie Mycock says:

    Hi Beth, lovely to see Oscar and Ollie, we haven’t seen Ollie in a while. I absolutely love Hydrangeas, we don’t seem to get them to buy as a cut flower in England they’re usually bought in pots to plant in the garden. I commented to hubby when we were in Florida that they had them as a cut flower to buy. Peonies where we live are okay but because we live quite high up we get a lot of winds at times so they get blown around quite a bit, then if you add the rain you get one quite battered peony plant. By the way Lynn is correct, I wouldn’t say Roses lime ruins the drink completely but fresh is better. You look lovely in your outfit and glad the lunch was a hit, have a lovely weekend xoxo

  5. Katy Crannell says:

    Love your porch! Bet the animals love it too. Is Ollie a Maine Coon?

  6. Marianne Rohde says:

    Limelight hydrangeas will delight you , they thrive in full sun and heat .
    Enjoy a ton of cut blooms 😊
    Love your blog , my day would not be complete without it !

  7. Linda says:

    This recipe looks easy and amazing. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to Friday’s with Oscar every week!

  8. Any says:

    Beth just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog… you’re writing is informative and easy to read! Keep up the great work!


  9. Jean Staehr says:

    Darling outfit, Beth! I make a pretty mean Cosmo myself.

  10. Trisia says:

    What type of bra to wear with blouses cut like this one…

  11. R. Dawson says:

    Lovely all around!

  12. Karen says:

    Love everything about today’s post, especially the cosmos and lunch.

  13. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I have not been lucky, here in central Wi., these past few years growing Hydrangeas. I’ve planted a tree with the white blooms years ago, and it bloomed nicely every summer. Four years ago, living in a different home, but still in Wisconsin, I tried three bushes of “pinky twinkie” something or other. They didn’t last two years. Then two years ago, I planted two “blue” in a flower bed of lily of the valley, and they are still alive, but probably won’t bloom for another month, at least I hope they will. I also planted three large large pots with the blue, first year they were lovely, second year nothing…had to be dug they out,so I tried again..planted the blue once more, but after the winter again, nothing…Well I have learned my lesson, I cannot grow them here, and it makes me sad, as they are my favorites also. BUT…the peonies are coming along nicely, three bushes, and getting even better after 7 years…anyway….Thank you so much for the recipe for the Cosmopolitans, I have never had one, but your picture looks sooooooooooooo tasty, I MUST check it out..(grin). Have a lovely weekend with your GOOD looking pets..They are beautiful…

  14. Patricia Hornbeck says:

    I live in Kansas but I had luck with the Bobo Hydrangeas.
    Beth I just love Oscar & Ollie and your wonderful recipes. I whipped up your Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe, it was delicious!

  15. Suzanne Smith says:

    Sounds good! I like all those ingredients, so I’m sure I’d enjoy it. And you and Ollie and Oscar look relaxed in your element. We love our hydrangeas, and it gets pretty hot here in NC. I do think they drink more water than just about any flower, though. We have some lace-capped white ones with blue centers, and intersperce them with the blue and lavender colored ones. So pretty. Have a good weekend!

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