Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nature at Her Finest


In an effort to embrace all that autumn has to offer I went down to my children's rental house where I snitched a few blossoms from their waning hydrangea bushes.  These are huge old hydrangeas that have been there for many years, so unlike my new tiny bushes they still have some blossoms on them.

Some even retain bits of their original color, though they have lost their bright blue hues in favor of shades ranging from pale purple to dark amethyst.  I thought these blossoms would be the perfect compliment to my little blue and white squirrel that sits atop my old pine dough box.




The other blossoms I picked are wearing shades of green and burgundy, and lend themselves well to the dining room and a silver squirrel nutcracker that resides on my mahogany tea cart.

Though flowers such as roses, lilacs, morning glories, and peonies bring me great joy, I think that the hydrangea has to be one of those flowers that rewards us the most for so little care.  Their long blooming season, beautiful colors, and the ability to be dried make them one of nature's great feats.  They really are a wonderful example of mother nature at her finest!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post.  A little sunshine, a new attitude, hot tea, and some chocolate always help bring me out of a cold weather funk!

15 comments:

  1. I wish some of mine had turned the purple shades. Mine all turned to green and burgundy like your second shot. So pretty and I love your squirrels since I have a weakness form them myself.

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  2. Your hydrangea pics are beautiful - I love the way you've blended all the blues,pinks and purples togethe - lovely.r

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  3. I really must start colour coordinating my books...this looks fantastic! the hydrangeas are gorgeous. Are you a collector of squirrels?...cute.
    Bec x

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  4. Flowers are a great pick-me-up! Especially when you don't have to buy them. Hydrangeas look as pretty dried as they do fresh, so do peonies. I really should plant some bushes myself, as I say every year, instead of buying dead ones on ebay! lol!

    Have a great weekend!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. I need some hydrangea around here. Yours are beautiful.

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  6. Hydrangeas always remind me of our trip to Normandy the summer before last. Did you know they are called Hortensia (not sure if I spelled that correctly) there. They were in bloom everywhere and looked amazing. I'm in love with them and planted one this summer in our garden so I hope it grows big and strong very, very, very quickly.

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  7. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. I love the bright early colors, but I adore the final fading hues as well. Your pictures are beautiful as always.

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  8. This Spring you will see hydrangeas being planted at our new house for sure!! The ones you cut are just gorgeous! I love both colors! Have a good weekend Kat.

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  9. That silver squirrel is cute. And love the way hydrangeas are used. As always I like all your pictures.
    xoxo
    ~ Herman Swan

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  10. Beautifully paired styling, the blue of that hydrangea is just gorgeous.

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  11. I love dried hydrangeas, but this year will have to find some to purchase. I was completely unsuccessful at drying them myself - don't know what happened.

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  12. Dried or fresh the Hydrangea is my ALL TIME FAVE flower....Shhhhhhhh....Don't tell anyone but I even LOVE them more than Roses....**wink**....Yours are DELICIOUS Kat....!!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah xx

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  13. You have put together the sweetest little vignettes with those hydrangeas. I can't even say which is my favorite, they are both so beautiful! Glad you have a place to snip those little lovelies too. The blue ones always amaze me with that color! xo ~Lili

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  14. I have that special occasions cookbook too. Have had it for years and makes me wish I had more time to make those comfort foods now....of course vegetarian version now:)

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