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The Gift of Hydrangea

Ahhhhhhh, the gift of hydrangea. What an amazing treat they are, brightening up any room. This Flower Friday showcases 2 gorgeous bunches that were gifts to us. The above brought in yesterday to the shop from Erika and the below (saddled up next to my dad’s pipe) from Peg last Saturday. Hydrangea have a lovely long lasting life, so these will be enjoyed immensely for quite some time. If you have flowers in your yard or garden, never underestimate the power they have for being truly special gifts.



 

 

Of Hydrangea and Whales

The Sunday supper table was prompted by hydrangea that was a gift from our friend Catherine and whale glasses hand painted by the artist Margot Larkin for us. Often when setting a table, one or two things become the theme or driving force and then everything else falls into place. Paper placements picked up at Bell’occhio in San Francisco on my last trip that have maps of France with cheeses from each region were called into action as well as a recycled metal whale we sell like crazy at the shops. Blue also became a theme so the splatter plates picked up at Ikea for a song finishing things off. Then paella dinner was served!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 152

The leaves on many flowers can be just as beautiful as the blooms. A bowl full of hydrangea leaves grouped together in a low bowl with water stand tall shining brightly next to the brilliance of the peony.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 149

Use the leaves of flowers, in this case hydrangea, as placecards. It is an earthy, natural, use what you have, resourceful way to be creative. Use markers or crayons or watercolors to write the name.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 131

Dried blooms, such as hydrangea, serve as a reminder of the past sunny Summer on the chilly days of January. 



 

 

An Orchid, Geranium, Hydrangea Layered Supper Table 

Setting a table can be lots like getting dressed on a chilly morning. Layering becomes key. This dining table was pulled together by the addition of the orchid I bought at the grocery store the other day for 10 bucks that I plunked into an old English biscuit bucket. The pumpkins, little vessel of hydrangea and geranium had already been on the table. The orchid became the final flourish, like adding a scarf or hat just as you head out the door.



 

 

White Pumpkins, Geranium & Hydrangea

Love this time of year when there are still so many options to choose from when setting a table, along with the divine mini pumpkins. While the hydrangea have started to dry a bit, they still add such a happiness. The grocery store geranium soaking up the sun in this particular spot and thriving. Then a variety of things green pulled to finish up the table for a weeknight meal, once the candles were lit.



 

 

A Summmaaaa of Blooms

As the sunny season wraps up today, Flower Friday is all about the blooms we enjoyed along the way. From the very last of the peony as Spring faded away to the bold yellowy reds of the season ending dahlias, and all sorts of goodness in between. Whether singularly or in abundance, this Summer was a stellar flower time for all to enjoy.





















 

 

The Hydrangea in September 

One of the flower filled fun parts of our extended stay was watching the hydrangea start to turn colors. As almost on cue, the calendar flipped to September and they started developing a sort of berry hue to some of them. A chilly eve here and there and in the morning the color would spread and get a bit deeper. It was really cool to watch. They are our Flower Friday blooms of the week.



 

 

Those Hydrangea In Action

The weather in our part of the Hudson Valley has been sunny, then a bit of heavy rain, hot, followed by a few cool days. Perfect weather to keep our beloved hydrangea happy as a clam. As promised, this Flower Friday are the blooms in action in the house. The above and below large zinc container the perfect vessel to hold a crazy number of stems and is making us deliriously happy seeing it each time we are out on the back porch. Others placed here & there continue the flower love.