Oh it felt so good to get into the DIY spirit once again. I stayed home all day, mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, then took a wander outside to inspect the hydrangeas.
I have no idea what this berry tree is, but I call it the Bird Bar. I’m just waiting for the birds to get drunk and fly into our picture window again. Guess I’d better get something hung up fast!
And right under the bar… there you are, you purple beast you… but notice anything peculiar?
You aren’t seeing things. ONE blue flower!
The entire bush use to be blue, so I guess someone else is attempting to hold onto summer just a little while longer as well.
You know when it’s time to harvest hydrangeas, yes? When the petals turn a little bit crispy, that’s the time to bring them indoors.
HERE is a post on how I harvest and dry them, wilt free.
Each year, the soil helps deliver a different colour palette. I’m kinda diggin’ the lime and purple variation!
And this is where they will go. Remember this little reclaimed wood window box tutorial?
And boy, did this box hold a LOT!
I first placed large containers of water inside the box, then set as many hydrangeas in them as possible.
But not all stems reached the water. Many more were layered on top, alternating lime against purple, and being careful to ‘stack’ them, vs. having them all smooth.
Owning NOTHING in a lime or purple colour, I had to get a little crafty. Fusion Mineral Paint’s Upper Canada Green is a super fresh shade that was perfect for painting a book or two.
Then I lit the first fire of the year, and called this done!
Here’s a few other fall hydrangea mantels you may remember…
Or click —> HYDRANGEAS <— to see them all in one big scroll.
Whoohoo! Welcome fall!