Create a flower arrangement using hydrangeas from the garden as a centerpiece for the table. You’ll also find flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
Happy Monday! It’s the first Monday of the month which means I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my flower-loving friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming! We have several Endless Summer Hydrangea shrubs that are loving our abundance of recent rainfall.
Endless Summer Hydrangea is a re-blooming variety of bigleaf hydrangea. Early season flowers are produced from buds on old wood from the previous year. Flowers also bloom on the new season’s growth later in the summer.
Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level. Blue blooms develop in acidic soil and pink blooms in alkaline soil. If your soil is not acidic and you want blue blooms, you can amend your soil with composted oak leaves, pine needles and coffee grounds, or find a product in the garden center that is sulfur-based that will produce blue flowers.
For a quick centerpiece, I added six acrylic cups as vases to a galvanized planter which makes it easy to replace individual flowers as they fade and change your vase water. . . no flower arranging skills required with this easy method!
I used plastic bags from the grocery store, placing them between the cups to keep them from shifting once they’re filled with water and flowers. Hydrangea blooms are so large it doesn’t take many to fill your container or vase.
I also cut some hosta leaves from the garden to add to the arrangement.
Cut hydrangeas are notorious for wilting.
Here’s a tip to keep them from wilting: Alum!
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).
I always add the floral preservative packets to my vase water to prolong the life of my flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
Another tip to help prolong the life of your cut hydrangeas is remove the leaves as they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower. Keep your finished arrangement away from the heat and out of direct sunlight and check your water levels in your arrangement, topping off as needed as hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.
In addition to hydrangeas and hosta leaves, I added some Verbena Lollipop that’s blooming around the Potting Shed for a pop of pinky/purple to pair with the tablecloth.
If you’re looking for a flower that attracts pollinators, self-sows and tolerates the heat, Verbena Lollipop is the flower for you!
Verbena Lollipop grows in USDA zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil and is a butterfly and bee magnet!
I was hoping to set a table outdoors but Mother Nature would not cooperate so I ended up on the porch. We’ve had 5 1/2 inches of rain with pop up thunderstorms everyday over the course of a week and a half.
Thankfully, sunshine and bird-chirping weather returns this week!
An April Cornell tablecloth with hydrangeas provides a foundation for the table . . .
Reproduction majolica plates flew home with me from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago. . .
The four assorted salad plates have embossed bird designs with leaves, flowers, and berry details in the colorful style of vintage majolica dishware.
Chargers and watering can napkin rings from Pier 1 add additional galvanized details to the table to pair with planter. . .
Raise your hand if Pier 1 closing all their stores makes you sad. . . *sniff*.
April Cornell Hydrangea Tablecloth / Amazon, last year
Bird salad plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Galvanized chargers and watering can napkin rings / Pier 1, couple of years ago
Galvanized Garden Planter Box / HomeGoods, last year
Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago
Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
I highly recommend planting an Endless Summer Hydrangea if you have room in your landscape. They mature to 3 – 5 feet in height and width and are hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9. They need sun to bloom, preferring morning sun with afternoon shade especially in the hot and humid South. . .just like me. ;)
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