Cranberry Hydrangea: A Lovely Bloom to See in the New Year

Cranberry Colored Hydrangea

Cranberry Colored Hydrangea

My ever-changing Hydrangeas are now a brilliant shade of cranberry. I love their ruddy complexion. They’ve set buds for spring, but the pom-pom like blooms linger.

It’s a challenge pulling together a flower arrangement from the garden this time of year.  That said, I wanted to come up with a creative way to use what I had, including these lovely flowers.

Here’s what I did:

I removed the bloom above the last set of buds, leaving a short but sturdy stem to work with.

I filled one small jar with leftover florist’s foam.  I filled a second, slightly wider jar with a handful of crystal beads.  Together they create the illusion of a tall vase, even though the stem itself is less than three inches long.

Hydrangea blossom

Hydrangea blossom with short stem, supported with florist foam

florist foam

Florist foam…or volcanic rock?

stacked jars

Glass jars, stacked and slightly nested

Hydrangea blossom

Do they make a crayon this color? I would name it “Spectacular”

Bacopa Cordata

Bacopa Cordata

Winter Flower Arrangement

Winter Flower Arrangement

And there you have it.  Simple and festive and ready to see in the new year.

How will you celebrate the start of a new year?

7 thoughts on “Cranberry Hydrangea: A Lovely Bloom to See in the New Year

    • Thank you, M! That would make a great variegated thread or yarn, maybe even a dress! Perhaps that’s the next wave in personalization: taking a photo and making fabric. I see duvet covers, toss pillows and summer dresses in our future.

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  1. Our hydrangeas are long gone and all I have are brown twigs… I worry that each Winter will be their last but they always seem to bounce back. I miss going outside and picking flowers to bring indoors but I suppose it makes Summer all the sweeter.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas (sorry it’s late but I had blogging downtime) and I hope you have a Happy New Year x

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    • Now it’s my turn to be late replying. I hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas and a happy start to the new year.

      It’s amazing what comes back year after year, when they appear dead and gone all winter long. I’m glad your hydrangeas continue to make an appearance. They’re one of my favorites.

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  2. I just love Hydrangea’s, yours seem so nostalgic to me, maybe it’s the faded and soft colours. I can hardly believe you have blooms on you Bacopa, amazing. They work perfectly in your arrangement. I just re-fashioned the arrangement you gave me tonight because the greens are holding up so nicely. The Lilies were so fragrant, I just loved every bit of it. It’s now filled with spray moms and pink tulip. I enjoyed it so much, I just thought it was the nicest surprise ever. A million thank you’ s. xK
    ps. I’ll drop a photo of the redo on fb. 🙂

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  3. You make me smile. I’m glad you’ve had such enjoyment from the flowers. I love what you did to extend the life of the arrangement.

    Don’t lilies smell amazing? I love that smell.

    Hydrangeas make me nostalgic too. And you know what? When I visited Donna’s shop (Antique Colony) she had everything staged and displayed for Christmas, and she included a few Hydrangea blooms in her display. You would lover her display. I wish I had my camera when I was last there. I’ll take pics the next time.

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