How to Create a Lemon Vase Flower Arrangement and Alfresco Summer Table

Find the easy tips to create a lemon vase flower arrangement and centerpiece for your table. You’ll also find flower longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.

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Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Fourth of July holiday!

I’m joining my Monday Morning Blooms ‘ friends and sharing some flower therapy today.

You can find my flower friends’ links and blooming inspiration at the bottom of this post.

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 Incorporating lemons in a flower arrangement was our common theme

for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms!

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 I used my favorite ‘vase within a vase’ method for flower arranging, using two vases,

a smaller one placed inside a larger one. The wall between the vases can be filled

with decorative material of your choice to conceal the flower stems

and match your theme for your table.

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Here are the easy steps if you’d like to create a ‘lemon vase’!

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 After slicing your lemons, remove any seeds that might float loose once the lemons are submerged in water.

The number of lemons you’ll need will depend on the size of your vase and your lemons.

I used 5 large lemons to fill the walls of my vase.

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My larger vase was 8 inches tall x 6 inches wide and my smaller vase was 6 inches by 4 1/2 inches.

I placed a layer of lemon slices on the bottom of the larger vase

to elevate the smaller vase slightly.

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A cautionary tale: If you add lemon slices to the bottom of your vase,

add water to your vase for your flowers first so it’s weighted,

before adding the water to the lemons between the walls of your vases,

to prevent your inner vase from floating.

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Use a wooden skewer to help arrange your slices between the walls of your vases.

Make sure your lemon slices packed tightly or are slightly shingled

so they won’t shift or float once you add your water.

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I cut some flowers from the garden and shrubs to fill the vase.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are starting to fade from vibrant blue to softer blues and greens.

They’re joining some Chaste tree blooms (Vitex), abelia sprigs cut from the shrubs,

hosta leaves and some variegated mint from a planter.

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I decided to add some cut lemons to the flowers using bamboo skewers for some interest and fragrance.

Join me at the table on the patio by the hydrangeas. . .

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We enjoyed some lower humidity with 10- 15 degree cooler than normal temperatures

over the weekend, a rare and welcome change for July in North Carolina,

making it pleasant for outdoor dining!

Mini lemon ‘vases’ are at each placesetting, filled with garden blooms.

The mini lemon vases are easy to create by cutting a hole in your lemon with a knife.

Scoop out the flesh to add your blooms. I used a melon baller to scoop a little “well”

inside the lemon to hold water and flowers.

The lemon vase can be used as a take-away favor at each place setting.

They’re served up in mini lemon bowls.

A matelassé  coverlet provides a foundation for the table. . .

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With lemon melamine plates for casual, carefree summer dining.

I’m a fan of mixing and matching and Wallace Hotel flatware features five assorted reproduction designs:  An Impero dinner fork, Coburg salad fork, William and Mary dinner knife, Federalist dinner spoon and Barocco teaspoon.

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My lemon slice vase looked fresh for four days before the water began to turn cloudy.

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Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.

 Always add floral preservative packets to your vase water.

 If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

 Check your water level to top it off if necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.

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 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.

Change your vase water every other day if possible.

 Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) and direct sunlight.

Use an anti-transpirant spray like Crowning Glory that seals in moisture in your flowers. You’ll be shocked how long they last.

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Table Details:

Lemon Plates / Certified International Lemon Zest

Mini Lemon Bowls / Maxcera, HomeGoods, several years ago

White and Willow Chargers, Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Flatware / Wallace Hotel

Stemware / Mikasa French Countryside

Matelasse coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

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Visit my talented blogging friends to see their beautiful floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

 Shirley at Housepitality Designs

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  26 comments for “How to Create a Lemon Vase Flower Arrangement and Alfresco Summer Table

  1. July 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration!…I LOVE it every time you create a vase in a vase arrangement. The lemons surely are my favorite when you do this technique. I have made a note about the lemon vases!..Love it!….A beautifully curated Summer table Mary…your place settings are always a most beautiful compliment to your flower arrangements and I enjoy seeing your wonderful collection of Wallace Hotel silverware…silverware envy!…I wish you a most beautiful day dear fellow Bloom friend!

  2. July 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Mary, your vase within a vase is perfect to showcase lemons. Endless summer hydrangeas, Vitex blooms, abelia, hosta, and mint make for a beautiful arrangement for a summer table. Mini lemon vases add more beauty to the alfresco table in the sweet lemon bowls. I love the colorful lemon plates and napkins. Your tutorials are always easy to understand and follow.

    It is always a pleasure to join you for alfresco dining and Monday Morning Blooms. Happy Monday♥️

  3. Ann Woleben
    July 5, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I enjoy seeing the beautiful arrangements created by you and the other ladies – each style different, but equally charming.

  4. July 5, 2021 at 8:30 am

    What a SWEET n SOUR arrangement!! Beautiful!! Lemony fresh! Thank you again for a great DIY!!

  5. July 5, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Lemon Love Mary, I love the way you matched the pretty plates with the mini lemon arrangements and the lemon vase of hydrangeas is gorgeous! What a beautiful Summer table! I hope you don’t get too much rain from Elsa…
    Jenna

  6. Clara
    July 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Mary, Your arrangement is so fresh and pretty! Your detailed instructions are always appreciated. The blue, violet, and yellow colors are lovely together. Love the lemon theme; it’s perfect for summer! I’m so glad you had a respite from the heat. It was delightful. Your tablescape looks beautiful and inviting. Enjoy your week. Clara ❤️

  7. Rita C.
    July 5, 2021 at 9:37 am

    That is so gorgeous, Mary! I so love lemons, lol, I was thinking, “that’s a week’s worth of lemons right there”, and it takes a while to get the seeds out, I know! Beautiful flowers from your garden, and melamine! It’s so hard to even tell anymore, and so much less expensive (and easier to store!). Love those little lemons boats too. I’m in lemon heaven here!

  8. Betsy
    July 5, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Lemon vases are such a cheery, uplifting element of a table. Such a timely post, I just switched to a blue and white striped tablecloth, and my blue hydrangea is bursting with blooms. A few garden snips and lemon slices, and voila!

    I always appreciate your blog and helpful tips. You keep me from simply repeating myself year after year when I pull out my decorations. It’s so helpful to have the insider tips, i.e. fill the inner base so it doesn’t float. Knowing how to successfully complete a project increases the chances that i tackle a project!

  9. Donna C
    July 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

    This is so pretty. I love it! Lemon is my favorite scent by the way.

  10. July 5, 2021 at 11:15 am

    That’s a perky table Mary! Bet it smells pretty good too:@)

  11. July 5, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Lemon fresh! Mary, your centerpiece ideas always delight. I’m glad you had some pleasant weather for the 4th. We had mild temps for us and heavy rain during the day. It cleared for the fireworks about town. We don’t attend, but we can hear them, and Sadie isn’t comfortable. Happy 5th. Keep the celebration going!

  12. July 5, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    My granddaughters want a lemon themed tea party next, Mary, and I will try your pretty lemon vase. Yours turned out beautifully and I appreciate your wonderful tips. Thank you! 😘

  13. MEM
    July 5, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!💛

  14. KathyP
    July 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Loving this beautiful table and flower arrangement Mary! Thank you for the details and excellent tutorial!

  15. July 5, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Lemony goodness all the way! I love the vase in vase method, it always makes for such a pretty vase. Your hydrangeas look very happy next to their citrus friends. Beautiful table, what a delight to sit there by your beautiful lake and enjoy company at such a stunning table. Have a happy week, friend! It’s always such a joy to join you for our special Monday Morning Blooms. xo Lidy

  16. Jerrie Stanton
    July 5, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Your flower arrangement and table is beautiful and your tips are excellent as always Mary! This is so timely too and gives me the confidence to try this for my sister’s birthday milestone dinner I’m hosting in a couple of weeks. Hope your Fourth was wonderful! Jerrie

  17. Michele M.
    July 6, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Oh isn’t this the most pleasant fresh and beautiful tablescape for summer, Mary! WOW! Well done – I absolutely love it and would be so delighted to sit at this table!!!! Of course we’d have to have lemon merengue pie for dessert, right??? : – )

    Hope you are having a wonderful summer and getting in lots of boating with your sweet furry friends.

  18. Aquietlife
    July 6, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Very pretty, I still have an obsession with lemons even though they are not as prolific here as my last home. I adore blue and yellow, the dishes are darling! Its all my favorite kind of table, flowers and lemons in the sunshine 😊

  19. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    July 6, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Mary, this post is absolutely stunning! Your entire display is just gorgeous and brings a smile to my face. Your flowers are so pretty and look so lovely with the lemon themed dinnerware. I’m tempted to order a set, but it might get me into trouble with my husband-lol. Don’t you just love the Wallace Lux flatware? I love mine and use it quite often. I hope you have a most blessed week!

  20. July 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    What a lovely vase filled with lemon slices. And the small lemon vases are too darn cute!
    The colors in this tablescape are quite lovely but I’m sure the lemon fragrance is wonderful.
    Thank you Mary for a lovely tablescape and tutorial! Happy week to You!

  21. Teresa Cline
    July 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Lemon love Mary! Your table is beautiful as always and your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for all the helpful tips, ie, skewer to arrange the slices, water in the inner vase first, etc. Hope Elsa’s path steers clear of you! Teresa

  22. Debra Matcovich
    July 7, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Hi, I’ve been following you for some time now. It just amazes me how talented you are. This floral arrangement is glorious. I’ve done this before with lemons and oranges for the fall, but the arrangements never look this good.
    Regards
    Debra

  23. Kim
    July 8, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Really pretty tablescape Mary. The flower arrangement is gorgeous and I love those lemon plates! Love love love anything lemon actually….

  24. spicingupidaho
    July 21, 2021 at 2:09 am

    I am visiting your blog, following a beautiful post by Kitty about her lemon-themed tea with her granddaughter. How I love all you share, the beauty of your table setting, and the wonderful tutorial you shared of the lemon-filled vase! I just love this idea, and now, I will have to try it! Happy to meet you in the blogging world, your photography of your tablescape is just stunning! Enjoyed my visit very much :)

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