“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”
~ Regina Brett

This Month in the Garden
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My August garden in two words. Fading fast. 
The hydrangeas are literally fading in color. They are no longer the vibrant, electric pinks, purples and blues of June and July. The colors are moving into a lighter hue. It's as if nature is telling me that the party is winding down and we're shifting gears into another season. It's a warning shot. We're not done yet, but things are changing. By the end of August, the hydrangeas will turn a rust color. They don't need Vogue to tell them it's time for autumn shades!
The Rose of Sharon comes into it's own and that is one shining star in the garden right now. I love that concentration of white blooms. Funny enough, they don't do very well if you cut them to put in vases, so I tend to leave them on the bushes.
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Every summer has a story
- what is yours?!



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The Hamptons
My first experience in the Hamptons was not what you'd think. I was expecting my first son, living in NYC and too far along to fly home to Texas for Thanksgiving. My husband and I decided to drive out to the Hamptons and stay in a darling B&B in East Hampton. We were smitten, even off season, and that began a decades-long love affair with the East End.  We're about to head that direction for a few days, so I thought I'd share my short list of favorites, plus a few places on my radar. Lobster is a big theme for me while I'm out there! Bostwick's has the best lobster tacos. And, Duryea's makes a lobster cobb salad that I dream about! 
Enjoy my Hamptons guide. You can download it!

Hampton's Guide
The Baker House - East Hampton
The Reform Club - Amagansett 
Beacon - Sag Harbor 
Dopo La Spiaggia
Duryea's Montauk
Le Bilboquet
The Palm
Topping Rose House 
Tutto Il Giorno 
1770 House
Catch some sun & waves at Main Beach 
Get something personalized at The Monogram Shop
Grab a beach read at BookHampton
Hike to the Montauk Lighthouse
Host a beach clambake with Hampton Clambake
Listen to live music at Stephen Talkhouse
Pick up fresh provisions at Round Swamp Farm 
Watch the sunset at The Crow's Nest

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Happy Summer

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LivE Give Entertain
Until next time…. xxElizabeth