Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to Cut & Create an Arrangement Using Hydrangeas

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{image via Nancy Lui Chin}

I think it is safe to say that hydrangeas are a favorite of many. This beautiful flower can often be found year round from a florist, but they typically bloom from late spring to summer...so right now! And I bet that many of you mommies will receive some of these beauties this weekend for Mother's Day!

In the current issue of Southern Living magazine, there is a small article on how to cut and create a stunning arrangement at home. Here is the step-by-step guide as told by Southern Living...

Choose

Look for flowers that have fully opened and feel slightly papery to the touch. They will last longer when cut. Use one bloom color or mix varying shades.

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This pertains to the lucky ons who have hydrangea bushes at home! But if you buy the flowers from a florist, the same technique applies.

Snip stems early in the morning. Cut at an angle, above a leaf bud. Place your stems in a bucket of cool water immediately after cutting.

Condition

Heat a pot of water until almost boiling; remove from heat and wait five minutes. Dip stem emds in hot water for 30 seconds before arranging in cool water.

Create

Show off your display with a rounded container to echo the shape of the blooms. Use moist floral foam to keep the stems in place if needed.




6 comments:

Something Old, Something New said...

Love Hydrangeas! Great tips :)

Kristen said...

Thanks for the tips! I love hydrangeas - especially pink ones ;)

Faith, Family & Friends! said...

Thanks for the post Love, Love, Love Hydrangeas!!

Laura said...

I love hydrangeas...This is great thanks!!

Natasha said...

Hi... just found you! Your profile is adorable, love the superhero comment :)

Looking forward to reading more, but I must say you had me at Hydrangea :) !!!!

PS. A MSL tip... when the hydrangeas hang a little and it's time to change the water and re-cut then, leave them completely covered in a sink full of cold water. They will spring back to life in an hours time!! I have tried this several times and it totally works.

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Amanda Wells said...

Great info! Love hydrangeas!
http://www.amandadovewells.com/?page_id=45

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