Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hydrangeas...Beautiful Hydrangeas

One of my favorite flowers, hydrangeas come in shades of deep blue, purple, red, pink and white. Some start out as one color and gradually fade to another. The deep blue ones are my absolute favorite! They're one of the best ever flowers for drying, as their large, round shape holds up well and makes them perfect for flower arranging, or just gathered in a pretty basket or vase. When dried, their bright, fresh colors naturally soften to muted pastels and a lovely, "old ivory" color.  Hydrangeas come in two varieties; mophead, where the flowerheads are very large and round, and lacecap, which has a more flat flowerhead, resembling lace (as the name implies.) For instructions on how to dry hydrangeas naturally, click HERE  I warn you, however, growing them can become addictive!

Painting by American Artist Cindy Procious
There is something so romantic and old-fashioned about hydrangeas, they make incredibly lovely wedding bouquets. Alone, or added with white roses, white callas or white stock - stunning!

Dried hydrangeas also look especially good with shabby chic-style decorating.

Thanks for visiting! Until next time, have a wonderful day!

All photos courtesy: Google Images


Brenda said...

Those are so beautiful, Cindy. I love flowers and want to buy some hydrangeas every time I'm at the nursery, bit tell myself I have too many flowers already. Of course, you can never have too many flowers.

Cindy said...

Thanks, Brenda. Nice to hear you enjoy them as much as I do! No - never too many flowers!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Cindy,
Oh wow, your hydrangea pics as SO beautiful. They are my favorite flowers! I LOVE the pic of the bicycle--it's heavenly! I can't believe we have the same name...We must be soul sisters! I'm your newest follower.


Cindy said...

Hi Cindy (it's so odd to see a message from you with my name!! lol) Thank you for following my blog! So glad you enjoyed the hydrangea photos! Yes, not only do we share a name, but common interests, too, I see! How fun! Hugs!

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