Heavenly Hydrangea

In recent years the Hydrangea have moved up in the flower-fashion stakes and it is easy to see why. With their full blooming pom-pom heads, they bring an instant colour-hit, and this with only one stem required. Hydrangea grow happily in most gardens and their flowers can change colour, depending on soil conditions. The plants can also grow to be very old and still be a reliable flowering plant, giving many gorgeous blooms throughout summer. I saw these beauties blooming in the front garden of a house en-route to the station. So one day, baby in pushchair and dog on lead, I knocked on the door and asked the lady if she would mind if I picked 5 stems. She was delighted that others noticed their beauty too and told me that some of the bushes (the more opal coloured ones) are very old, as they were already in the garden when she moved into the house 45 years ago.

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

I especially love the opal purple-blue ones and how the colour shades and vary from one side of the flower to the other side. I used my old vintage Wedgwood urns to arrange them in and added the small lacecap hydrangea from my garden in the mini urn. They lasted for 2 whole weeks on my bedroom drawer unit, seen here.

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads

Hydrangea always reminds me of summer time in South Africa. Of course summer in SA is during the months of November to February. Over there, we also refer to them as “Krismisrose”, translating to “Christmas Roses”, as they are at their best over the Christmas period and you see them in many gardens and in houses during the festive season.

 

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns on stairs

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns on stairs

While carrying the vases to the first floor, I put them on the stairs to carry them upstairs one-by-one, and I noticed how pretty they looked just there at a glance. Totally bazaar putting flowers on a stairs, especially if you share your house with a husband, 3-year old and a dog.  So I had to move them quickly but not before I snapped this photo.

 

Photos, Styling and Words by Theoda Solms Iles

A Happy Bunch – Friday Flowers

Bright colours make me feel so happy inside and I think that is just one of the many reasons I love flowers so much. I would imagine this is the same for a lot of flower lovers. This simple arrangement includes only three types of flowers, all picked from my small garden. The deep blue-purple of the delphinium sets of the pinks in the dahlia and the hydrangea beautifully and arranged in the green vintage glass vase, one of my favourite vases, they look spectacular. Now these floral beauties take pride of place in my little girls room. (See more of her room in my next post. Subscribe now, not to miss out.)

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

 

Deep Purple Delphinium

Deep Purple Delphinium

 

Pink Lace Hydrangea

Pink Lace Hydrangea

 

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

 

Photography & Styling, Theoda Solms Iles

PS: I don’t use filters or photoshop for these photos, they are all true to their colours and look.