“A dead hydrangea is as intricate and lovely as one in bloom.” ~ Toni Morrison
I was recently inspired by my lovely friend Rhoda of Southern Hospitality who made a free fall wreath using a grape vine base and magnolia leaves. I have grape vines.
I have hydrangeas.
So yesterday I jumped on the conservative wagon of using what I have to create and decorate. I soaked, cut and wove. This is my final result—
If you would like to do something similar I suggest cutting flowers when the temperature is cooler and the flower stem is fully hydrated. This is particularly important with hydrangeas because they require a lot of water and the lack of it is why hydrangeas wilt so fast. Submerge the entire flower head of your cut hydrangea into room-temperature water for one to two minutes before you begin to make your wreath. This process will greatly extend their life and make the stem more flexible to work with.
I didn’t need to accessorize the wreath. Mother Nature took care of that when the few remaining butterflies landed.
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