Sunday, September 27, 2009

~hydrangea heaven~

I know I'm not alone in my love of hydrangeas! They are so beautiful. What I really adore about them is the way they fade and dry naturally...just waiting to be clipped & arranged in a basket or in a wreath. Mine are just starting to fade & when they are just the right shade, I'll put them to work in my home.

I have to admit I am a bit obsessed with them! I have a very small garden and in the last 2 years I've managed to plant 13 ok...pretty much decided I could use these anywhere there's dirt. If only they could handle full sun! Then I would likely have no other flowers! (except roses of course!)

I really love the white snowball hydrangeas...they fade to a gorgeous creamy white.

To make an autumn wreath with dried hydrangeas:

Start with a grapevine wreath (which you can find at any craft store for $2-5) Any size will work, the wreath in the picture started w/ an 18" grapevine wreath. Choose the greenery you like such as hydrangeas and rugosa rose hips (shown above).

Get out your trusty hot glue gun, or if you like florist wire that will also work. For me I prefer the hot glue because it seems to hold things better & you don't scratch up your fingers while trying to thread the wire through the grapevine wreath. Although....I can never seem to do a project without burning myself at least 2-3 times with my glue gun!

Then start attaching the blooms. Just be sure to tuck in the stems as you go. When you are happy with how it looks loop some florist wire around the top of the wreath & proudly hang it on your front door or anywhere else your heart desires! My experience has been that hydrangea blooms seem to last forever as long as you treat them delicately!

Now I am officially in the mood for fall decorating! Got the bins out & they are sitting next to me as I'm typing this post! I think that will be tomorrow's project....I'll take pic's and show you all Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by!

pictures courtesy of Country Living


Tracey said...

Such lovely pics! I so miss the gorgeous hydrangea tree at our old house - it was huge and quite spectacular! I'm impressed you have 13!!

:) T

Susie said...

Oh, how I, too, love hydrangeas! I live in Florida, and it is very difficult to find the right variety and place to grow them here! I purchased 3 via mail order this spring, guaranteed to grow in my location, and they have grown about 6" all summer and don't look too good. I'll keep trying! Your blog is beautiful, and what a green thumb you have in the garden. Gardening is also one of my passions, as well as decorating. I have enjoyed all your posts. Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to your future posts....

Patti Cakes said...

Hey there! Yes aren't hydrangeas wonderful!!! God did an excellent job! I have 3 hydrangea plants but none bloomed this year and I was not up working with them. Maybe next year.

I'm in the mood to pull everything off my walls and shelves and hutch and start rearranging. Hugs

Laurie said...

Those wreaths are beautiful. You have inspired me to go pick my hydrangeas and do something with them!


Great pic's over here, thanks so much for stopping by to visit my blog and leaving me all of your sweet comments, my chairs were found at a second hand store. Funny you should leave a comment about my blue walls I just sat down to take a look at my blog and take a break from painting them a different color!

Patti Cakes said...

Just home after a walk and trip to TJMaxx. I found dishes I love. Anyway I've been looking at all your post and I am going to love visiting your house. Hugs!

Dena said...

Oh absolutely love hydrangeas! When I was little I used to pretend that they were wedding bouquets! That's it, I am planting some next Spring. You have such a lovely collection and I am so inspired now!


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Frippery said...

Hi Shellagh, Just found your blog through the stairs comment on mine. I sent an email reply on the stairs. Love your blog and all the wonderful make overs. I am a hydrangea nut too. I have 10 so far. 5 varieties. They are great in every season, whats not to love? Signed up to follow you now so I won't miss out on any projects.

Let it Shine said...

Gorgeous photos!!! I am with you - love hydrangeas! And I always seem to burn myself too.............

Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Take care,

TheOldPostRoad said...

I am crazy about hydrangeas, too! If you click on my blog and search hydrangea or hydrangeas - right had side - you can see some of mine!

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