Stop and Smell the Flowers!

If you’ve ever gone through a New Englanders’ Instagram feed, you’ll find at least a dozen photos of hydrangeas! They seem to be the most photographed flower in the northeast and to be honest, I am guilty of joining the flower craze. See my Instagram feed and all my photos below for evidence.

Last July, on our annual trip to Block Island, we saw bushes and bushes of blue hydrangeas thriving off the island soil. There were hydrangeas on hydrangeas on hydrangeas! (Have I said the word ‘hydrangeas’ enough?) But really, I’ve never seen so many in my life and wouldn’t be surprised if these flowers outnumbered the island locals.

Luckily, hydrangeas are my all time favorite, so I took a million snaps to share with you today. Here are just some of the hydrangeas I came across on Block Island. Hope you enjoy!

Hydrangeas of Block Island

At the Old Town Inn

Hydrangeas at Old Town Inn on Block IslandHydrangeas at Old Town Inn on Block Island

Hydrangeas at Old Town Inn on Block Island
Hydrangeas at Old Town Inn on Block Island

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In front of Blocks of Fudge

Hydrangeas at Blocks of Fudge on Block Island

By The Tipsy Mermaid

Hydrangeas on Block IslandColorful hydrangeas on Block Island

Along Corn Neck Road

Adirondack Chairs and Hydrangeas on Block IslandHydrangeas on Block Island

At the Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel on Block IslandHydrangeas in front of Spring Hotel, Block Island

What type of flowers grow by your neighborhood?

More on Block Island

How to Visit Block Island on a Budget
A Day on Block Island: Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse
A Guide to Visiting Block Island’s North Lighthouse
Kayaking at the Great Salt Pond on Block Island
Where to Find the Prettiest Flowers on Block Island
Celebrating our Anniversary on Block Island

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  1. September 5, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Wow, the hydrangeas are BEAUTIFUL. I definitely need to make a trip over there next summer. I cannot believe it’s already September! Gorgeous photos. 🙂

    Looks by Lau

    • September 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Christina! And I agree, summer went by way too quickly!

  2. September 5, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Those flowersssss!! Wow this looks so beaut!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      I had the same reaction when I first saw them too, hehe.

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:10 pm

      They are definitely mine too 🙂

  3. September 5, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    These are so pretty! I didn’t know they were such a big thing in New England, but I’ll keep an eye out!


    • September 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Personally, I have noticed them everywhere in New England but that might be because I am looking out for them too?!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Paola!

  4. September 5, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    OMG, these flowers are stunning! The scenery looks beautiful with these colours. Have a great week

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Yes, I love how the hydrangeas add so much color to the island! Hope you have a great week too!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Michael! I always associate hydrangeas with summertime. One of my favorites!

  5. September 5, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    OMG! Those flowers are sooo beautiful! I would definitely stop and smell them and take photos for my Instagram LOL

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      That was exactly what I did haha!

  6. September 5, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I use to have a bunch of these at home until they got sick and died. I think they look incredibly gorgeous and am loving them. Have an amazing week!

    My Vogue Style |

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      So sorry to hear that they died! We have some in front of my parent’s house that have been coming back every year with no issues. Hope you decide to replant them someday!

  7. September 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Wow those flowers are so stunning! We had beautiful purple hydrangeas in our backyard when we moved here but my husband basically chemical burned them (IDK what the hell he was doing lol) & they never came back up. Breaks my heart!

    Kara Aragon

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Oh nooo! I hope you get around to replanting them someday! They would make your backyard look so beautiful!

  8. September 5, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    They are such a gorgeous flower. How can you not fill your IG feed with them! Thanks for sharing beautiful! XO, Ellese


    • September 27, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Ellese! They photograph so well. It’s an Instagram favorite, haha.

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      So glad you agree!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you! They are so photogenic!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Heather! The hydrangeas should be back next summer if you plan to visit!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you!

  9. September 6, 2017 / 11:04 am

    NYC, no flowers in my neighborhood 🙁 These are so beautiful!!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! Perhaps you can try growing smaller plants in your apartment? Ones that require shade?

  10. September 6, 2017 / 11:34 am

    So many beautiful flowers here! I adore them, and they’re always so gorgeous to photograph!

    Laura xo

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Block Island had soooo many flowers, it was crazy to see them all!

  11. September 6, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    These flowers are beautiful, Kim! I don’t think I’ve seen much of hydrangeas around here but we do have a lot of succulents and sunflowers out here :3

    cabin twenty-four

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Ah succulents and sunflowers are another favorite of mine! Would love to visit in California someday just to see your huge wild succulents in nature!

  12. September 6, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    You are so lucky to have so many amazing flowers near you! I love hydrangeas, and all of these photos look beautiful! My favorite are the blue ones x

    x Kara |

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Kara! Dan and I point out hydrangea bushes and trees to each other whenever we come across one because they’re our absolute favorites!

  13. September 6, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Your photos are sooooo beautiful! Hydrangeas really are such picturesque flowers – We don’t have a huge amount of them in Australia, but I think I need to go to the US to take photos of them like this too 🙈

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      I have no idea where to find hydrangeas elsewhere in the world, since I am no expert. But I can tell you for a fact that there’s SO many on Block Island and that you should most definitely travel here just to see them. It’s only a 24 hour plane ride, right? 😉

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Hydrangeas are my favorite for that very reason! Thanks for stopping by, Violette!

  14. September 6, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    They are so pretty and sooo colourful! We have a heap near us in London and I always make sure to go have a wander when they are in bloom! x

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I will have to add London to my bucket list!

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      That sounds like such a beautiful goal! Hope you reach it someday.

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:56 pm


    • September 27, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you! They are my favorite too. The headband is from J.Crew!

  15. September 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Hydrangeas are beautiful! And your bow is so cute. 😊 Awesome photos!

    There really are no flowers in Las Vegas, lol surprisingly I saw some lilacs the other day though.

    • September 27, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Hunida. Sadly, I would not expect to see flowers in Las Vegas either, but at least you found some lilacs!

  16. September 6, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    gorgeous! since our weather is so hot down here, we can only grow the cone hydrangeas which only come in that greenish tint. pretty, but nothing like your gorgeous blue blooms.

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! I think the greenish hydrangeas are pretty too!

  17. September 7, 2017 / 12:28 am

    What a picturesque location! I absolutely adore hydrangeas but unfortunately they’re not very popular here in Australia 🙁


    • September 27, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Australia is way more wilder than where I live, so I bet you have a ton of other nature to look at 😉

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Laura! We found everything about Block Island to be so picturesque.

  18. September 7, 2017 / 4:51 am

    Hydrangeas are some of my favourite flowers. This looks like such a beautiful town.

    Amy –

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      They’re my favorite too! Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  19. September 7, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Such beautiful photos! Hydrangeas are definitely one of my favourite flowers, they never fail to disappoint!

    Anika xo |

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Very true, indeed. Thanks for the comment, Anika!

  20. Leta
    September 7, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Wow, these look simply gorgeous! I can already imagine all the photos I would take of them, haha 🙂 There aren’t many flowers that grow around my neighbourhood but I love peonies season and how beautiful they look when they bloom 🙂

    – Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      I was tempted to have a whole photoshoot with just these flowers haha. And peonies are so so pretty! I will have to be on the look out for them next spring/summer. Thanks for sharing!!

  21. September 7, 2017 / 7:49 am

    These flowers are gorgeous!!! Your photos are super cute!

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Clara!

  22. September 7, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I love sniffing flowers too but I had a trauma just last month, I was about to sniff the flower when I realized it has caterpillar on it! :O


    • September 27, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Oh my goodness, what a silly story! I hope the caterpillar didn’t harm you, it’s so little after all 😉

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you!

  23. September 7, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    So pretty! I currently live in a big city and we don’t have alot of flowers. However, I come from a small town and my favorite thing to smell is the trees. Such pretty pictures!

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      What a lovely story. Thanks for reading, Jennifer!

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Yes! I have never bothered to touch them, but I am sure the petals are soft!

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      I have never seen this many of them either! Truly a sight.

  24. September 7, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I love hydrangeas too, they are so majestic indeed! In England you have a lot of Westerias filling the facades of purple flower curtains ever spring. Flowers make everything more beautiful, am I right?
    Hope you are having the best week, dear Kim

    Saida | She talks Glam

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you for your beautiful message, Saida! Flowers are the best things ever!

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you!

  25. September 8, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Wow, those hydrangeas are stunning! My nanna used to grow them outside the front of her house & I remember playing in them because there were so many. I haven’t this many in a long time! Looks like such a picturesque little place!

    TFM Life & Style blog

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Your childhood sounds beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!

  26. September 8, 2017 / 11:24 am

    So many stunning pictures, Kim and Dan! Those flowers are outstanding. What are your highlights of Block Island?

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! I plan to write about the highlights of Block Island in a single blog post, since there are so many to suggest! For now, perhaps you can sift around my website for some inspiration? I have written about the Mohegan Bluffs, Southeast Lighthouse, North Lighthouse and kayaking at the Great Salt Pond! Hope you enjoy those posts!

  27. September 8, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    This is so, so lovely! Hydrangeas are such beautiful flowers and they can make any place look 10x times prettier and more colorful, your pictures actually make me jealous because my city has zero flowers and it looks super plain!

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! I’m sorry to hear that you don’t have many flowers in the city, but I bet there’s way more action, nightlife, and art museums to enjoy in the city.

  28. September 8, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I never knew that these flowers were so popular in New England. They are absolutely beautiful though! Such a pretty lavender color.


    • September 27, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      It seems pretty popular where I live in New England, but I bet there’s a ton more hydrangeas elsewhere too!

  29. September 8, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Oh, my goodness. How beautiful! Your town is amazing, it looks like the stuff off travel brochures and magazines.

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      This is actually Block Island which is an hour drive and an hour boat ride from my town. But I agree, it looks even better than those travel brochures and magazines! *Heart eyes* Thanks for your comment, Kimmy!

  30. September 9, 2017 / 1:08 am

    The flowers are breathtakingly gorgeous! Such a lovely thing to look at (and take pictures with).

    Jessica |

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Yes! I couldn’t help myself.

  31. September 10, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Oh my goodness, you guys out in New England get to experience a wild bloom of BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!! I love how they look because you just have a super aesthetic view~! It’s so cool that it comes in several colors too. The whole mix between blue, purple, white, and pink looks perfect. Unfortunately, we don’t really get many flowers out in my area in LA unless people care enough to grow them @__@.

    • September 27, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed my pictures! Hydrangeas have such a wide range of colors that go well together, which is why I love them so much. At least you have some succulents and cactuses in LA, right?

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Same here! Maybe someday?

  32. September 11, 2017 / 5:59 am

    Oh gosh, those are beautiful! (We also have those at home and only found out what it is now hahahahahahaha)

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      That’s awesome! Now you can call them by their proper name 😉

  33. September 12, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    OMG I’ve never seen them grow in such abundance! Must be a lovely place where you live. I adore hydrangeas so that’s such a beautiful thing to see while you’re out for a walk.

    xx Yasmin

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Seeing a huge bush of colorful hydrangeas brightens my mood instantly! Thanks for the comment, Yasmin!

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Agreed, Block Island would be a great place to live!

  34. September 22, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Hydrangeas are my favorite as well! They’re also extremely popular in Ohio where I grew up.

    • September 27, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      How awesome! I didn’t know they had them in Ohio.

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