Happy Monday! It’s always a happy Monday for me when I join my blogging friends for some flower therapy! You can find my friends’ links for their beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was ‘monochromatic’. After visiting the floral department of several grocery stores, I came home empty handed –>my kingdom for a Trader Joe’s. I decided to forage around the Potting Shed for some blooms.
The creamy-chartreuse colored blooms of Limelight Hydrangeas begin their transition to fall around the end of August, gradually changing over to a burnished pink-bronze color.
I started with a favorite urn that I’ve had for 20+ years. The finish was a little lackluster and in need of refreshing, so I decided I give it a quick makeover with paint.
I picked up some FolkArt Acrylic Paint from Hobby Lobby. I started with some ‘Burnt Sienna’, dry brushing lightly over the urn. If you’re not familiar with ‘dry brushing’, it’s a paint technique using an almost dry brush (hence the term ;) to apply paint.
Dip the ends of your brush in the paint, then blot your brush on a some paper towels or newspaper (I used the cardboard I was painting on), wiping most of the paint off, before lightly dragging your brush over the surface. Hit the raised surfaces or ‘pounce’ with your almost-dry brush like you would if you are stenciling. Start in an inconspicuous place first, or practice on a scrap piece of wood.
After the ‘Burnt Sienna’ was dry, I dry brushed the urn with some ‘Camel’ to give it some golden highlights. The paint helped warm up the urn so it’s looking a little more ‘fallish’ now.
I used a favorite ‘flower frog’, upcycled from a garden center plant tray to make my arrangement.
The plastic pot ring is more substantial than chicken wire for supporting flower stems and a great alternative to floral foam for arranging flowers as it can be reused. This particular plant tray/pot holder is 5 1/2 inches in diameter and fits snugly about a third of the way down in my urn.
Add floral preservative to your vase water to prolong the life of your flowers. Floral preservative packets usually come with grocery store flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
I used a vegetable peeler, dedicated to flower arranging, to strip the outer layer of wood to help the oak leaf branches ‘drink’ and stay fresh.
Green seed pods from the Crepe Myrtles, maiden grass plumes, oak leaves, and foliage from the abelia shrubs join the Limelight Hydrangeas for an ‘Early Shades of Fall’ flower arrangement.
Have a seat and join me at the table on the dock. . .
The day started out foggy, but the fog quickly burned off to reveal another hot and hazy September day. . .
A Ralph Lauren Grace Floral tablecloth provides a foundation of gold and additional blooms for the table. . .
Along with the pretty flower basket details of Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff ‘Charlotte,’ served up on woven willow chargers.
Brown transferware and ironstone sing the softer notes of fall . . .
And while I love brown transferware any time of year, fall is the season when it really shines.
Amber stemware provides a golden autumn glow. . .
And bone-handled flatware adds some warm texture.
Plates / Royal Staffordshire Charlotte Brown Clarice Cliff
White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago
Tablecloth & Napkins / Ralph Lauren Grace Floral, several years ago
Napkins Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Flatware / Towle Seville
Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Pillows, throw / HomeGoods
Urn, retail days / used here
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Our sweet friend Shirley at Housepitality Designs is taking a break. Please send her some love and prayers. ♥
We have had above average temperatures this September. A day of record-breaking heat last week of 98 degrees with the humidity pushing the heat index to 105 almost did me in. Fall can’t get here quickly enough for me!
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