Create an easy patriotic flower arrangement to celebrate the Red, White and Blue! Post includes includes flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
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Happy Monday! I’m celebrating the Red, White & Blue with Independence Day quickly approaching. . .
And joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find my links to my flower-loving friends’ blooms at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme this week was an arrangement for the 4th of July. Lola was happy join me on the porch for some Monday Morning Blooms and provide some patriotic inspiration. 🐾 🇺🇸
I used a favorite red, white and blue plaid picnic tin as a container for my flower arrangement. For quick and easy arranging, I added jars to the picnic tin for six mini vases. Use newspaper or plastic bags from the grocery store, placing them between the jars to keep them from shifting, once they’re filled with water and flowers. This method also makes it easy to replace individual flowers as they fade and change your vase water. You can use this same method to make an arrangement using a basket instead of a picnic tin.
I cut some Endless Summer Hydrangeas that are in bloom around the Potting Shed for the arrangement.
Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with the alum-dipping method!
Cut your hydrangeas in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat. 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.
Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water for longer lasting flowers. They usually come with your flowers or my grocery store has a basket of packets you can help yourself to when buying flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
Add your flowers to your jars. The large size of the hydrangea blooms make it easy to conceal the jars and bags used as filler. I added some alstroemeria for a pop of red, along with some white flowering spikes of Gooseneck loosestrife, to mix with the hydrangeas.
I found these 4th of July sparkling star picks on sale at Hobby Lobby. They added a festive touch along with mini American flags to complete the arrangement.
Patriotic postcard reprints were added to the arrangement, tucked in among the star picks for a little vintage fun. . .
“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, postcard reprint, 1908
“Freedom smiles, her fate secure, Beneath its steadfast stars”, postcard reprint, 1912
“A grateful land remembers all her promises today”, postcard reprint, 1917
It was rainboot weather last week with the lake full to overflowing. . .
Patriotic wellies provide a Stars & Stripes salute as vases, filled with hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, red spray roses and a pair of American flags.
Lola says to be sure and visit my talented blogging friends to see their Red, White and Blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Happy 4th of July!