May is my favorite spring month as it brings beautiful May flowers after all those April showers. . .
And as it’s the first Friday of the month, I’m joining my blogging friends for Floral Friday! You’ll find their links for more floral inspiration and flower therapy at the bottom of this post.
I set a table lakeside to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather we’ve had this past week. I wish I could order up a month of these beautiful, breezy 70 degree (humidity-free!) days. All too soon (as in today) we will be in the 80s and 90s.
The azaleas have been beautiful and peaked last week and are now starting to fade.
I cut a few azalea blooms from the shrubs to enjoy at the table.
Our common theme for this edition of Floral Friday was a teapot arrangement with Mother’s Day around the corner.
I gathered some white teapots for trio of arrangements to make an easy table centerpiece you could use to celebrate Mom, for a spring tea or a girlfriend or garden club lunch.
A quilt serves as a tablecloth and provides additional blooms with a patchwork of calico squares and sprays of embroidered flowers.
For the two shorter teapots, I cut some fresh boxwood from the shrubs as a base for the arrangement. The new spring growth on the boxwood is supple but strong enough to support the flower stems.
Sprigs cut from the abelia shrubs add a garden touch with their variegated leaves, to alstroemeria from the grocery store.
I’m always on the look out for a blooming fork, knife, or spoon to add to bouquet vintage flatware, especially when I can pick up a piece for a dollar or two at an antique mall or consignment store.
A blue hydrangea bloom is nestled in cut boxwood, along with white spray roses that I separated to tuck in along the edge of a second teapot.
Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with the alum-dipping method! When arranging them, cut each stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder, found on the spice aisle at the grocery store. Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water (the temperature it runs from the tap). For best results, remove the leaves from hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower.
Teacups at each place setting offer a mini bouquet of blooms. . .
And are served up on delicate rose Limoges plates that belonged to my great aunt.
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Dishes / Limoges
Chargers & Cake Plate / HomeGoods, several years ago
Assorted Teapots and Teacups / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Stemware / Mother-in-law’s, pattern unknow
Flatware / Vintage, assorted
Quilt / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago, used here
Ralph Lauren Antibes Floral Red Napkins / HomeGoods