For the last couple of weeks I have been eyeing the hydrangea bushes and mentally making notes to cut some and bring them indoors to enjoy. The thought being that if you enjoy nature outside, how much more can you enjoy it inside your home.
A few days of heavy rains and some horrible storms delayed this process but today was the first sunny day in over a week and the perfect time for me to make the hydrangea arrangements.
This is from my “blue” bush. It hasn’t been blue since the first year I planted it. This year is has produced mostly purplish blossoms but last year it had several that were half blue and half pink. Wish I had taken pictures of them. This year they are just purple.
The pink bush is still producing gorgeous pink blossoms.
Cutting these flowers today got me thinking and remembering…
Several years ago when I worked fulled time as an Interior Designer at a resort, this lovely lady in the Floral Department taught me so much about making beautiful arrangements from what you find around you. Sometimes we didn’t even use flowers but greenery found naturally growing around the resort.
Today I decided to challenge myself and try to recreate some of her magic by using what I could find growing in my own back yard (and front and side yards too).
First, I tried an original arrangement with my many different types of Hostas plants. The plants didn’t look too good this year because of a hail storm early in the spring, but I was able to combine several of the stems into a unique arrangement.
Psst…the secret to getting the leaves to stay in place while you are putting the arrangement together, scotch tape! Just stretch several pieces of the tape across the opening of the container in a grid pattern and it will to keep the leaves or flowers in place.
Next, I simply just put some small branches from one of my Japanese Spotted Laurel bushes in a mason jar.
I have not always been crazy about these overgrown bushes (I didn’t plant them) but they do make for a colorful display.
I cut some fresh Blackberry sprigs that the birds and squirrels haven’t eaten yet from the side yard. You definitely need to wear gloves to work with these branches. Those tiny thorns really hurt!
I have been meaning to cut back some of the ivy growing in one of our small side flower beds so today was a good time. I combined some of the sprigs with cuttings from my Boston Fern to make two different arrangements.
Putting these sprigs of ivy into water will help them grow roots. I plan to replant these in the fall in some new flowers beds we are currently building.
Who doesn’t love long stems of ferns in vintage Pepsi bottles?
I really wanted to use some of my Daylillies in these bottles but they weren’t blooming today. Maybe tomorrow.
And finally bamboo. Yes I even have bamboo growing in part of my yard. Again, not something we planted but they do make for an interesting conversation when people see it growing in Tennessee and so very tall.
This made for a wild, bushy type of arrangement.
I ended up with 9 different arrangements in one day. Not bad, and I didn’t even touch the azaleas, the blooming monkey grass, the peonies, the marigolds, or even the rose bushes (which I’m afraid may be dead).
I had fun with this and remembered how much I used to enjoy making floral arrangements from nature and whatever was growing at the time. And the best part, it was all free!
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.” Proverbs 31:30