Sunday, June 12, 2016

Heavenly Hydrangeas!


It certainly is time to break out these dishes!  Why???

Because this is what my hydrangea bushes look like.  This one is on the lower terrace, but the ones in the cutting garden look just this glorious.  

So I set a table just in front of this beauty for dinner with Mr. Pressed Pants.

It was a lovely evening and I kept the dinner and the table very simple.

Even with that beautiful hydrangea bush I still wanted to add some of these incredible blooms to the table.

The dinner plates are by Nature's Home and the pattern is Hailey Sky.

This blue handled flatware is so old, I can't remember where it came from.  The woven chargers and napkin rings are from World Market, but you can find them many places.  

These large blue stems are also old. 

I used these Emile Henry butter dishes from William-Sonoma as salt and pepper dishes.  These are the only serving pieces I added.

As the night deepened, we saw the season's first fire flies. 

Here's the view from the upper terrace.  The deer have had a buffet in that flower bed, but thankfully, they have left the hydrangeas alone! 

Here's the secret to droop-proof blooms:  Alum.  Yep, the stuff you use for canning and can find in the spice aisle of almost every grocery store.  Go to the garden in the morning, and take a bucket of water.  Then just as you cut the stem, dunk it about an inch in water and then into the jar of alum.  The alum will clump around the stem.  Wait just a couple of seconds and then put it into the water bucket.  If you re-cut to arrange the stems, do this again. 

Here's what to look for.

You'll have firm, beautiful blooms that will last and last and last.  I hope your hydrangea bushes are as prolific as mine are this year.  The last two years were very disappointing.  Now, I hope that they keep on blooming all summer.  I just can't get enough of them.


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7 comments:

  1. What a pretty setting and a fantastic tip about preserving hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

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  2. This post is just breathtaking. Love it.

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  3. Love love love this table and your gorgeous blooms. I am definitely going to be using your tip for preserving my cuttings. Thanks so much for the tip!

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  4. You've convinced me more than ever that I want a hydrangea bush in my yard! Those blooms are exquisite and I LOVE the table you created with them as the focal point. Thank you for the tip about preserving them. I'm off to the garden center to get tips on how to plant and care for a hydrangea bush. A perfectly lovely setting! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  5. What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a meal. I love this setting and your hydrangeas are amazing!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  6. You have a gorgeous stone patio! Thanks for the droop proof bloom tip! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  7. Goodness! Oh, it's so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's blue soiree. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/09/anything-blue-friday-week-114.html Happy weekend to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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