In A Vase On Monday – Hydrangea & Potpourri

img_7130Collected in October, these dried hydrangea (H. paniculata) look as fresh as the day I picked them. Arrange and forget, what can be easier? Eventually, they will lose their color and fade once humidity returns in late spring and early summer.

Meanwhile, in a pretty grape-motif pitcher, they dress up the coffee table, next to a brass vase of cuttings of snake plant (Sansevieria hyacinthoides) and a worn-smooth, quartz ‘worry stone’ picked out of the stream.

img_7131Dried pink roses, bits of orange peel, pine cones, balsam fir and bracken fern create a potpourri in a lacy, heirloom Dresden bowl that belonged to my late mother-in-law. The cloth runner was woven by my sister.

Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, indoor or out. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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66 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Hydrangea & Potpourri

  1. Love the way you make poetry out of your flower arrangements 🙂

  2. Beautiful collection of memories of autumn and family. I must try to dry some hydrangea flowers, they look so good.

  3. Beautiful palette – cloth included

  4. Christina says:

    Beautiful Eliza, from your lovely photographs the Hydrangeas really do look fresh rather than dried, they’re gorgeous.

  5. Anna @Suffolk Pebbles says:

    such a pretty arrangement – the pot pourri must smell heavenly!

  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, lovely, lovely! What a way you have with both photography and flowers, dried or fresh.

  7. dorannrule says:

    Hydrangeas are my favorites…lovely…..

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    Is snake plant also called Mother-in-Laws Tongue? Very sneaky of you! Those hydrangeas are beautiful!

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful, delicate color on the hydrangeas.

  10. Mary says:

    Gorgeous Eliza!

  11. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Hydrangeas are my favorite dried flower and you’ve got some beauties! You’ve paired dried memories of things past with the possibility of new life in the snake plant cuttings anchored by the the timeless rock. A terrific combination!

  12. The “worry stone” completed the picture for me. Thank you, Eliza.

  13. Cathy says:

    What delightful raspberry ripple ice cream colours Eliza – I love them, and your props work perfectly with them. Thanks for sharing

  14. Kris P says:

    I’m amazed at how fresh and lovely those hydrangeas look, Eliza! The potpourri is a perfect accent too. Your worry stone makes me think I should collect one of my own and keep it handy.

  15. So pretty! I am hopeful we get some hydrangeas this summer off of the ones I planted this last year. Or off of the ones I plan to plant once all this new snow melts!

  16. Val Boyko says:

    A beautiful composition Eliza. Love the stone to bring some grounding to the delicate blooms and potpourri.

  17. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    Why am I not growing Hydrangeas? Such a beautiful grouping at a time when the garden may not producing much to cut.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      True confessions, I got these from the churchyard. 😉 But I do grow H. arborescens and H. querifolia. They are great plants and deserving of their recent popularity. I’m itching to get H. macrophylla… maybe this spring?

  18. ladyfi says:

    What poetic potpourri!

  19. Cathy says:

    Really lovely Eliza, Taking me back to summer… or forward! These flower heads have lasted very well. What’s your secret? I always think the picking time is important, but it seems to vary from year to year. I have some from two years ago still looking lovely, but last years just dropped all their petals in the end!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I’ve had good luck with H. paniculata and H. arborescens (I haven’t tried H. macrophylla). I pick arborescens once the green bracts have firmed up and paniculata just before frost and arrange immediately, then let it dry in place. I think the lack of humidity in autumn/winter keeps it looking fresh. Once it gets humid in spring, they fade to brown and I have to toss them.

  20. AlisonC says:

    What a gorgeous collection. Beautiful, graceful heads and pretty pot pourri. I’m drawn to your blue vase too.

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Just lovely:-)

  22. Anna says:

    The hydrangeas look as if you picked them earlier on today Eliza and such fabulous subtle colours too. I can smell the potpourri from here 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Anna. I looked at photos I took when they were fresh and they are remarkably similar. I guess my timing was perfect for picking them. 🙂

  23. My first thought, where the heck did those beautiful hydrangeas come from? oh, last year.. great curating job!

  24. arlingwoman says:

    So much beauty gives a sense of order and calm.

  25. Oh, such pretty colors, Eliza! The pale pink of the hydrangeas and the rose petals are a beautiful combination. I love bringing hydrangea blooms into the house for the winter; as they fade, they go onto the compost pile in the spring, a perfect cycle.

  26. Brenda says:

    My hydrangeas (paniculata) got a bit battered in a storm before picking time last year, so I didn’t bring any in. This time of year, I really miss them. Next year, I’ll bring some in, battered or not. Your arrangement is visually lovely and I’ll bet it smells just as good.

  27. Anne says:

    A really beautiful composition – all parts making up a serene whole.

  28. rickii says:

    This has that antique feeling of an old daguerrotype…charming!

  29. Marsha says:

    Lovely colors, and as others have stated, they really do look like fresh flowers.

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