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Friday, 4 November 2011

Silk Flowers (Blue Hydrangeas)

Floral Friday is here and I want to share with you a recent find: these huge blue mophead hydrangeas and the best bit is that they were on sale at £4.50 each.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

The flowers are so big that they need a plain container and lots of greenery to balance out the blue.

If you wanted to create this display, you will need:

3 Mophead Hydrangeas
25-30 stems of ornamental grasses
1-2 multi-stemmed everlasting shrub
Wooden tub
Marbles or pea shingle/gravel

Lella Loves... Wooden Barrels

I had this old wooden barrel in the garden and after I scrubbed it, I let it dry out for a week as the wooden staves were very swollen. These are £7 each and can be bought at most garden centres. You could use a large terracotta planter if you already have one.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

Always line the bottom of your tub before arranging your flowers. Use a few sheets of newspaper with the day's date on as it will act as a memory bank when you take the arrangement apart (assuming you leave your displays alone and enjoy them for a few years!).

Lella Loves... Marbles

Marbles! Marbles! Marbles everywhere :) Another one of my forever favourites. They are so useful in flower arranging as they secure the stems as well as adding weight to the display.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

Glass marbles or glass pebbles can be bought in most craft shops and some larger supermarkets do offer them in their gift departments. If you prefer, use garden shingle for the same effect.

Lella Loves... Grasses

Ornamental grasses are a great filler with such large and blousey flowers. You will need to think of your arrangement and how full you like the overall look.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

Start to infill between the flowers and build up a good depth of greenery.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

The best way to approach it is to start with five or seven stems but have a few extras as more grass is better than being able to see the marbles or the stems of other flowers.

Lella Loves... Everlasting Greenery

For the centre of the display, look for multi-stemmed greenery such as this everlasting privet. You will only need one of these if you have packed out the display with the grasses.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

Place the privet in the centre of the tub and shape the stems to blend in with the rest of the arrangement. If you have any spare grass stems, use them to fill in any gaps.

Lella Loves... Hydrangeas

And here is the finished display. It really is so chic and yet so simple to do. I have seen similar giant hydrangeas in Debenhams. Their colour choices were fabulous and included creamy white and several shades of pink.

I do hope you enjoyed today's flowers and if so, please feel free to leave me a comment as I love to know your thoughts.

Lella  xx

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