Earlier this week I took and Instagram (@inspiredbycharm) photo of my climbing hydrangea and was so surprised at how many people didn’t know this existed.

So, I thought I’d show you a couple pictures of mine, even though you’ve seen it before an probably just didn’t notice it.

This is my side porch. I have two brick posts holding up the roof and that’s where my climbing hydrangeas are planted. Yes, I have two of them.

I honestly forget where I bought one of them, but I know for a fact I got one at Lowes.

Both of mine are about three years old and they are just going crazy this year. The reason I bought them was because of this post by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy. If you follow Alicia, you know this girl has a way with words. In her post she wrote:

“This is a climbing hydrangea. It’s attached to one side of the front porchy thing. It climbs in the shade and doesn’t need support, having those little hairy graspers. My friend Nancy, who actually knows what she’s doing in the garden, says that this was a bad choice, as it becomes absolutely monstrous and rips off your gutters. When people say things like that I’m like, “Hm? Wha?” I pretend I don’t understand what they are talking about, and busy myself with some pruning, or pull out a weed or two, or pick a flower and tuck it coquettishly behind my ear to distract them. Because I love my climbing hydrangea. When it starts ripping stucco off the house I’ll reconsider, but until then I’m all Hmm? [Eyelash bat.] Wha? Did you say something?” 

For whatever reason, after reading that, I had to have one. Well, two. She actually just mentioned it in a post last week. It seems that her hydrangea is growing like crazy too.

This vine does flower, but the blooms aren’t quite like the hydreanda flowers you know and love. They are much more delicate. They almost remind me of lace. I’ll snap a picture once these pop open.

I have a couple buds already coming. Normally, mine doesn’t bloom like crazy, but I get a few here and there. We’ll see what this year brings.

Here’s a wider view. The original goal was to have it cover all of the brick portion of the porch, but it’s growing up, rather than across, so I’m not sure if that’s going to happen.

The vine growing up and over the front porch is a trumpet vine. I’ll share more about that another time.  And yes, my mess of a tree (Weeping Louisa Crabapple) out front needs desperately pruned/shaped. It’s a hot mess.

And you are probably wondering what the weird red lantern is on the porch post. Well, it’s actually a piece of St. Marys history! This was one of the town’s christmas decorations when I was growing up. Maybe even before that. It was here when I purchased the bed and breakfast. It’s one of the few decoration I kept. I love it.

So that’s my climbing hydrangea. I love both of mine and highly recommend them. Though, I take no responsibly for any damage it may cause to your house. And, like Alicia, I’m going to ignore the threat of damage to my own house. It’s just easier that way.

And now it’s time to announce the winners of the world’s longest blog giveaway…

As I stated previously all winners were drawn at random. I will be in touch tonight, via email connecting all the winners with their appropriate prize host.

Alrighty, here we go….

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Day One: 365 Days of Slow Cooking 

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Day Two: Chloe + Isabel 

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Day Three: Harmony Farm Candles

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Day Four: On A Branch Soaps

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Day Five: South of Main Street

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Day Six: Gallery Ali (AHRTS)

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Day Seven: Troll Beads

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Day Eight: Inspired by Charm

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Congratulations Everyone!!!!

Thank you so much to the thousands of you that entered to win. The response was overwhelming I sincerely wish I could send you all something. 

And a ginormous thank you to all eight amazing stores, blosg, and individuals that offered to giveaway products during this extravaganza! This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you!!!

Winners, I will be in touch soon!

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  • Harriet Clark at

    Michael, I love everything you write, design, create, and photograph. Your inn just bursts forth with all the love and creativity you put into it. Congratulations as the world gets to know you better and better!
    Hugs from North Carolina!

  • Anonymous at

    Wonderful days of giveaways and super-spectacular blog posts! Congratulations to all the winners! How exciting!

    Rebecca G.

  • Anonymous at

    oops, sent to quick….LOVE the climbing hydrangeas. I have never seen them before (didn’t know they made them…lol). Definitely going to be hunting a couple for myself. Hoping it’s not already too hot here in the south to put them in the ground.

    You. Inspire. Me.

    Thanks!
    Rebecca G.

  • Sam I Am...... at

    OMG!!!!! I can’t believe it!!!! I won the Troll beads…my mouth is just wide open sitting here! Wow!!!! I am SO excited! Thank you!
    I was just coming over to tell you that I made the blueberry white chocolate waffles last night and they are OUT OF THIS WORLD! I can see why you said you were addicted to them…who wouldn’t be? They are wonderful and I thank you for the recipe! Between the waffles and the troll beads I think I’m sittin’ pretty!

  • Sam I Am...... at

    P.S. I almost forgot…I love the climbing hydrangea and the lamp! Your gardens are lovely.

  • Jaime and Ryan at

    Although I am super sad 🙁 I didn’t win, I am so happy that this contest string brought me to your blog. Thank you!!

  • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil at

    I can’t believe I won something. That’s amazing!

    Thank you!

    PS – It’s the one I was really loving of course:0)

  • Whitney at

    I have a climbing hydrangea too! However, this is my third year with it…and it’s never bloomed! 🙁 Is this normal???
    Thanks in advance!

  • Tara at

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for hosting such a great giveaway, Michael! Oh and I would be tempted to also forget the potential damage if I had a climbing hydrangea like that. Beautiful. I really enjoy these glimpses of your garden.

  • Heather H at

    The giveaways were such a blast. Thank you so much! And your gardening skills constantly impress me. Love seeing it all come together!

  • Laina @ Vibrant Serenity at

    I’m in awe! Thank you so much for hosting the giveaways, and congratulations to all the other lucky winners!

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