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Over the last three years, I have planted nearly 40 hydrangea bushes around the foundation of our house. This is the first year I will be able to reap the rewards of my hard-won endeavor with fresh hydrangeas in every room.
Lucky for me, year-round, our local gourmet grocery carries bushels of hydrangeas. Even in winter, I can arrange fresh blooms in the kitchen and enjoy them for a couple of weeks. They always come three stems to a bundle and I buy two, giving me 6 stems total to work with.
My favorite way to arrange them is in an old Southern Living At Home Acanthus Centerpiece filled with classic farmhouse style mason jars. The Acanthus Centerpiece is no longer available but you can find them from time to time on sites like Etsy or Ebay. I have linked to some pretty alternatives at the bottom of this post.
I always use flower food in my flower arrangements. Some people dip the bottom half inch of the cut stem into Allum to help with water uptake. I find that an extra cut vertically up the stem really helps. These stems can really drink a lot of water and it is easy for your vase or mason jar to dry out quickly, leaving you with wilted hydrangea blooms.
The blue ball mason jars would be so pretty with this mason jar hydrangea arrangement, I think I might hunt down a few to try next week when my 40 Endless Summer hydrangea bushes are blooming. I am so glad that I invested the money in the Endless Summer variety so that I can enjoy these beautiful flower arrangements all summer long!
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