Hydrangeas make a wonderful cut flower for wedding bouquets and floral arrangements because they’re breathtakingly beautiful and a multitude of varieties provide a choice of shapes and colors. Hydrangea bouquets can last a while if the stems are kept long and receive immediate water, so cut flower stems need to be prepared accordingly. Stems should be cut at an angle to allow more area to absorb as much water as possible. If your blooms begin to wilt, cut the stem in half 4 to 5 inches at the bottom to allow more water to enter the stem. You can also shave the bottom of the stem with a knife for extra water absorption.
If I haven’t told you that I have the most wonderful neighbors, Ive been keeping my mouth shut too long. The flowers in the photo below were given to me by one of my favorite neighbors, and what a splendid gift. Our late spring is giving my yard so little blooms. That will teach me to not rely solely upon annual seeds for summer flowers! She went through her yard and cut flowers from her summer flowering shrubs that she thought would look nice in a bouquet. Her main rule being that she stuck to 3’s. I have to say, it really worked.
This arrangement is as lively as a fireworks display. If you can see from the picture, there are 3 annabelle hydrangea blooms which make the bouquet quite outstanding in size alone! The enormous white fluffy clusters make a striking background for accompanying shouts of accent color…
3 bright red bee balm/monarda, 3 purple chive flowers/allium and the burgundy foliage from a ninebark/physocarpus are all the color this bouquet needs. But the most interesting flower in bloom was her Goosneck Loostrife. The dainty off white blooms form a pointed blossom which add flowing movement. This is a winning combination for one knockout arrangement.
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