Create a flower arrangement using hydrangeas from the garden as a centerpiece for the table. Post includes includes flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
It’s the first Monday of the month, which means I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find the links to my flower-loving friends’ blooms at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme for this week was using an urn for an arrangement. This garden urn has a classic egg and dart design and is from my retails days and a favorite ‘go-to’ for flowers. I love the shabby white finish with bits of rust showing through, but would love to find a resin or fiberglass version, as it is cast iron and heavy.
These French Hydrangeas got their start from my mother-in-law’s garden who gave me a tiny plant about eight years ago. I cut a few blooms to fill my urn along with some Endless Summer Hydrangeas, that are just starting to fade from their vibrant spring blues to softer greens of summer.
As the urn is not watertight, I placed a plastic container inside and secured it with waterproof floral tape. I used a piece of chicken wire, which makes for easy arranging to support the hydrangea stems in the urn.
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. For best results, remove the leaves from hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower. Hydrangeas are heavy drinkers, so check your water level frequently and top off as needed.
I cut some hosta leaves to tuck in along the edges of the urn among the hydrangeas.
A quilted coverlet is ideal for dining with butterflies and provides a tablecloth.
Have a seat at the table . . .
Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud has embossed butterflies (hard to photograph!) on the plates, paired with butterfly napkin rings.
And a butterfly watering is filled with a few hydrangeas and white flower spikes of loosestrife.
Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water to prolong the life of your flowers. The packets usually come with your flowers or most grocery stores have 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.
This Gooseneck loosetrife is recycled from my Easy Patriotic Flower Arrangement and lasted over two weeks with the addition of floral preservative and by giving the stems a fresh a fresh cut after changing the water.
I added a butterfly garden stake to the arrangement for a touch of whimsy.
Portmeirion Botanic Garden flatware is alight with butterflies. . .
And La Rochere butterfly goblets are ready to serve your nectar of choice. I highly recommend a Rosemary Lemonade Fizz cocktail or mocktail, or Land of the Free Lemonade, to celebrate Independence Day this week!
While it’s hard to believe it’s already July, our mid 90 degree temps and sweltering humidity are a reminder.
I was glad to have some shade under the cover of the dock and was ready to jump in the lake after taking these photos!
Quilted coverlet with butterfly / HomeGoods, several years ago
Butterfly Goblets / La Rochere, HomeGoods several years ago
Plates & Bowl / Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud, used here
Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Butterfly napkin rings / Pier 1, several years ago
Butterfly watering can & napkins / HomeGoods
Butterfly garden stake / Walmart
Butterfly pillow / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse