The Changing Color of Hydrangeas

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hydrangeas in Blue Beach Glass Vase- www.gildedbloom.com

Hydrangea season is here at last and our side garden is now filled with glorious pink, purple and lavender blooms.  Every year the plants get larger and now they are almost as tall as I am.  If I don't get busy pruning, we may be growing hydrangea trees instead of bushes by next spring!

In this area, the native soil turns some varieties of blue flowers pink after a year or two in the ground.  Although the pink is lovely, I grew restless with it this year and tried to turn them back to blue by adding a soil acidifier.  It worked a little bit and now they are purple.  I usually apply new products with a light touch and only did one application of the acidifier in early spring.  Next year I'll know to make generous and frequent applications for a more vibrant blue.  Still, I am very happy with the purple hue for now as it blends beautifully into bouquets and is slightly different that what we've had before.  The arrangement of lacecap and mophead hydrangeas above shows the transition in color from pink to purple.

Angel's Parasol Hydrangea- www.gildedbloom.com

We grow several varieties of hydrangea but the most delicate of all is the Angel's Parasol pictured above. This is often considered a premium florist's potted hydrangea not a landscape variety but ours has unexpectedly grown into a huge bush in a shaded and protected area of the garden.  When its soft velvety petals emerge it is always a clear signal that summer is on the horizon.

Angel's Parasol Hydrangea in White Vase- www.gildedbloom.com

This plant was originally a light periwinkle and the color has turned more lavender over the years.  After adding the soil acidifier,  you can see that some of the blooms appeared in a cooler and brighter purple.

Angel's Parasol Hydrangea in White Vase- www.gildedbloom.com

Hydrangeas make excellent cut flowers as long as they are kept cool and hydrated with fresh water.  To create these simple summer displays I chose a blue beach glass bottle and a classic white porcelain vase to hold the blooms.

Spring Garden Floral Arrangements

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Pink Yellow Pastel Tulips

Creating a spring garden floral arrangement using a mixture of homegrown and market flowers is a simple, inexpensive way to bring the spirit of the season into your home.  It is also a delight to share the beauty of the garden with those that you care about.  After all, who doesn't love to receive flowers?

After discovering a beautiful bunch of tulips and snapdragons at the market,  I styled these arrangements using filler flowers from our garden to create texture.

Tulip and Hydrangea Pedestal Arrangement- www.gildedbloom.com

This pedestal vase holds budding hydrangeas and some tulips for color and gesture.  The sprigs of star jasmine draping over the edges add a sweet intoxicating scent to the design.


Simple Hydrangea Arrangement- Create a Spring Garden Floral Design

Freshly cut purple and pink hydrangeas were placed in a porcelain pot for an uncomplicated arrangement that emphasizes the broad blooms.


Cottage Garden Floral Arrangement- Snapdragons and Hydrangeas

The height of this tall cylindrical pitcher is accentuated by stalky snapdragons and hydrangea buds.  Soft purple and pink cottage garden flowers paired with spring green buds and foliage reflect the shabby chic style of the container.

Cottage Garden Floral Arrangement- Snapdragons and Hydrangeas

There are so many ways to combine and design flowers into lovely arrangements using just a few purchased stems with homegrown accents and foliage.  This is an easy and beautiful way to turn a store-bought bouquet into a unique and decorative design.

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