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My mother brought me these beautiful cut hydrangeas from her garden today. The flowers look so translucent, like they are lit from within.
Mom said that I should put them in water and enjoy them as cut flowers, and that they would eventually dry instead of wilting.
She brought me quite a few, and they are huge flower clusters. So I am breaking them into three floral arrangements, using some of my favorite vases.
Tall and elegant
For the first one, I am using a large pottery urn – 15 inches tall. Since the urn is taller than the flower stems, I have filled up the bottom with small florist pebbles. These pebbles also add some weight so the urn is less likely to be tipped over.
I don’t trust the urn to be water tight, so I am going to inset a jar filled with water for the flowers. I just have to make sure the jar is small enough for me to be able to fit it in the urn and take it out again later.
Now since hydrangeas are so top-heavy, it’s hard to get them to stay where you want them in an arrangement. And for this particular arrangement that will be important.
So before I set this little water jar into the urn I will create a grid across the top of it with regular clear tape, which makes it easier to set the flowers in place.
I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to add the water before making the tape grid.
Now the jar can go into the urn, above the pebbles, and it will only take three hydrangea stems, cut at different lengths, plus a little embellishment from my stash of silk flowers, to create this arrangement.
Sweet and old-fashioned
The second arrangement will be super simple because the hydrangeas will all be cut at the same height and placed in a wide-mouth glass vase.
This vase belonged to my grandmother, and I just love the informal and old-fashioned look it lends to any flower I use in it.
Because the vase is so wide at the top and the hydrangeas are so top-heavy, they won’t stay in the vase on their own. And I can’t use a florist frog because it would be visible through the glass.
So I am using the tape grid trick again to keep them in place.
Prim and proper
The third arrangement will be even simpler. It’s all about the vase I use, which is a small elevated urn. Then just one cluster of hydrangeas is cut short to sit right on the top of the vase.
This simple and elegant arrangement works best displayed at eye level, for example on top of a bookcase. I love the neat, buttoned-up look of the hydrangea with this urn.
I’m looking forward to seeing how these hydrangeas look when they dry and whether they will change colors.
I used my Fiskars Pruners to trim the hydrangeas because they are very easy on my hands.
A unique floral vase doesn’t have to be expensive. I love these options from Etsy.
Okay, the Hull pottery vase IS a bit of a splurge, but it’s pretty dreamy.
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