Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Hydrangea Arrangements

 These hydrangeas are the Endless Summer variety.  They are blue in the summer and then by the fall they turn  colors to green, purple and burgundy. Hydrangeas are one of the nicest flowering bushes for any garden and there are many varieties.
 The rain came earlier than expected this morning, so I dashed out to the end of the walk to get my cuttings.
 Normally I would do all the trimming of the branches outside, but since it was turning into a steady rain, I brought them inside.
 Two glass containers filled with water will hold the cuttings until I can arrange them.
 I trim off all of the leaves as they do not dry nicely.  I plan to put these in water for bouquets and then dry them afterwards.
 Some future fall garden plans include planting these bulbs.
 Are you familiar with giant Alliums?  I think they are incredible, and have long wanted to add a few to my garden.  They have an Alice in Wonderland quality, and purple is one of the colors I use in my gardens.  Only 3 bulbs came in this container, which I found at Costco.
 Compare that to 50 bulbs of Narcissus~they are like a daffodil and these are going to be pink and melon!
 I found this old hooked chair pad with aqua and purple colors, with pansies on it for $8 at an antique shop.  I think it will make a great centerpiece base.  I could turn it into a pillow someday~isn't it pretty?
 Tiny milk bottles will go in an old cracker box and hold one blossom each.
 This arrangement will fit on the window sill nicely. A snippet of my morning for all to see~the crock pot recipe book is out, the flowers are getting cut, tomatoes on the windowsill and real stuff on the counter tops!
 The really big news around here is that yesterday the faucet came for the vintage sink!  That means the kitchen rehab can continue.  I have been painting and waxing the base cabinets like a good girl.
 Rainy days and crock pots go together, don't you think?  This Sandra Lee has a bunch of easy cook books that make recipes a cinch.  I won't have to think about dinner now until I set the table!  Remember the countertops only LOOK like real marble~they are the new 180fx Formica that I am putting in.
 A pretty floral arrangement from my garden....
And pretty soon I won't have a half done kitchen!! Take one last look at my speckled laminate and half bead board back splash and old stainless sink......I can't wait to share the complete makeover with you!

15 comments:

  1. Amy the glimpses of your kitchen look beautiful. I have collected china for years and your collection is amazing.
    Your Fall arrangement of Hydrangeas looks so pretty too, both in the window and on the counter.
    I'm doing a quick crock pot recipe this morning too, I'll come home from work to a nice dinner.
    Have a wonderful day, tami

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  2. Can't wait to see your new renos. The new tap is going to be glorious too! What a sweet treasure you found in the hooked chair pad! You really have a green thumb.. hydrangea bouquet is beautiful!

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  3. Amy you are like your own magazine and reality home show rolled into one! Always something going on over there, love the colors of the hydrangeas, they look amazing in your home and the pumpkins do too!

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  4. I know how you feel to live with an incomplete project! Ha! Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! All of our blooms are long gone now. Can't wait to see your kitchen when it's done. I love everything you've done so far!

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  5. I love hydrangeas and yours are beautiful Amy! I've trimmed by bushes back already and have some cuttings that are drying now. Can't wait to see your whole kitchen make-over.

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  6. Your entry way is gorgeous!!! Love your wreath and all those pumpkins...your hydrangeas too!

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  7. I had those hydrangeas in New York, Amy. Loved them! I see some people have hydrangeas planted around their condos and I'm going to see if I can't get a couple in {small perennials are okay by condo owner} and get them to take out some things I don't care for {like the ornamental grass that blocks the walkway from my driveway}. Sundays in Fall and Winter are always a favorite time for me because I make chili in the crockpot for football! I will have to look for an easy crockpot book or magazine of recipes. I love being able to get it all together and just let it cook all day.

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  8. I loved seeing a snipit of your fall morning. Your hydrangeas are ripe for the picking. Beautiful!

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  9. Oh I am sooo jealous, I would love if hydrangeas grew here in Orlando, I have tried! I would have a whole yard full. Can't wait for your total kitchen reveal, I think it looks good now!

    Carol

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  10. Amy, the colors of your hydrangeas are so beautiful for fall. The little hooked chair pad is very pretty and looks perfect under the flowers. I love the way your kitchen is coming along. It will be gorgeous, I'm sure. Hope whatever was in the crock pot turned out deliciously. Aren't they one of the most useful items in the kitchen? --------Shannon

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  11. Love the hydrangeas. Faucet is going to look great. Can't wait to see the reveal!

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  12. I love Hydrangeas! They are always colorful and full, they look beautiful in arrangements. I noticed you have a tole tray in your header. I just got one that you can see in my latest post. I want to hang it flat to the wall. Any ideas what is the best way to hang it?~Hugs, Patti

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  13. These hydrangeas are gorgeous ! I would love to have one too but I have to verify if they are hardy to my region. I'm near Quebec city and in winter the temperature can drop to -30°C. Alliums are beautiful ! I plan to have some of these too.
    Your fall decoration on your porch is very pretty !

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  14. Your hydrangeas are so pretty! My endless summer bush didn't do good at all this year. I think I had maybe two blooms. It was too hot and burned the bush up all summer. I love the new faucet. I've been looking on Overstock trying to decide which faucet I want to get. I SO want a new one. I cannot wait to see your kitchen makeover when its complete.

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  15. Your kitchen is getting done quickly and looking great. I understand how you feel about it being done. I love hydrangeas! We had them at our old apartment and they were wonderful. When we did our front yard I bought 2 bare root hydrangeas and they took years to grow, but now they are gorgeous! What's weird is that this year they are just light green and didn't turn pink like normally. I know that to make them blue you add something (or visa versa). I have a container, for my table that is a soft green and put a jar in one side for flowers and the napkins on the other side. Right now it has dried out green hydrangeas. I love how your endless summer variety changes in the fall. Maybe I'll have to plant those......

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