My hydrangea photos include this pretty, light blue flower that bloomed a few years ago. I cut away the background to leave just the blooms and have used it in the “Alpha” white and black design line for the past year or so.
New to the assortment of wedding stationery, is this rehearsal dinner invitation made on a modern, flat, square card.
The template text is in matching blue and a darker, golden yellow was used for the “Rehearsal Dinner” title and the name of the restaurant or place of the celebration. I chose linen paper to show it on, which gives a very slight blueish tint and a little texture.
One thing to be aware of when considering a square shaped card is that postage will cost more. The U.S. postal service considers it to be an “odd” shape and will charge more for mailing.
Not all my stationery is square, in fact I use 5×7 and 4×6 inch sizes too and customers are always welcome to request a size.
I always wondered if there was a secret to keeping hydrangea flowers fresh once they’ve been cut from the bush. It seemed that sometimes my flowers would last a few days, but usually they would wilt quickly once I added them to a vase.
Hydrangeas have a sticky substance in the stem and once they are cut the goo blocks the stem and it can’t suck up the water as needed. To keep hydrangeas fresh and make them last, if you are cutting them yourself, you must have a vase or bucket of water handy to put them in instantly when making the cuttings. Once you have your cuttings, take them inside and move the flowers from the bucket / vase to another container of HOT water and leave them for 10 minutes. This clears the inside of all that sticky stuff so the water will be able to travel up to the bloom. I have done this successfully and my hydrangeas did then last for days afterward.
If you are planning to use hydrangeas to decorate tables or as a centerpiece for a special event, be sure to cut them, and use the hot water method described above, as close to the event time as possible. If you have room in the refrigerator, keep them cool (in water) until needed.
If the bouquet is for decorating your home, be sure to change the water each day to keep the bouquet fresh.
Usually toward the end of the growing season, the hydrangea flowers on the bush in my front yard will take on a greenish hue. It’s a very odd color for a flower, and has proved to be a popular choice in my wedding store for invitations and matching stationery and stickers.
In the photo below you can see that the bloom has blue, green and pink petals. These are the interesting colors that blend on the flowers at the end of summer. I almost enjoy them more than the bright blues of the early buds.
One of the reasons I love hydrangeas, is the fact that the blooms last a long time. Hydrangeas will grow in many areas of the country (U.S.) but they don’t like extreme heat and that is probably why I never saw a single hydrangea when I lived in Florida. In fact I never knew much about them until I had beautiful bunches of bright blue flowers on the one growing in the front yard of my rental house. That was when I knew that one day I would have one or ten bushes growing in my own yard some day.
If this was my own yard, I would have a yard journal full of notes from the previous year, but I don’t so I’ll have to say that the hydrangeas begin blooming as soon as they can. Usually in April enough of the snow has melted that I can at least see the bush, but so far this year all I see is small sections of two of the tallest stalks sticking up through the snow. But once the nice weather arrives, the plants waste no time in shooting forth leaves, new growth and buds.
The buds are beautiful, the blooms are beautiful, and even as the blooms fade and change colors, they are beautiful. In my area of New England the buds have appeared and are opening by June and the big flowers are popping out color during July and August. The photo above was taken in mid-July of 2009 which was my first summer living here. That was the year that the flowers were a bright and beautiful blue color.
By mid-to-late August the flowers have changed color and make interesting cut flower arrangements. The photo below was taken the end of last summer (2010) and as you can see they contain a variety of blues and purples.