Easy summer mantel

by Andrea Cooley

A few weeks ago I shared five decorating ideas for spring and summer mantels and this weekend I finally had a chance to try one of them!

I just cut a handful of hydrangea blooms and put them in a mason jar. It was that simple. I already had the empty frame propped up. I swapped out the books that were in front of it for the flowers. I cut them Friday and they still look great 4 days later. Maybe I’ll cut some more to put in our bedroom! Every time I see it, it makes me happy! That’s my kind of decorating. Free and easy!

The hydrangea bush is in the back yard, but it’s kind of in the middle of my veggies. I thought about getting rid of it, but the blooms are so pretty, I’m hoping we can just transplant it in the fall. I’ve never seen a hydrangea with pink, purple and pink blooms all on the same plant! I think it’s because it’s next to a pine tree, and something about the acidity in the soil changes the colors of the blooms.

Hydrangea’s aren’t my favorite flower, I’m more of a zinnia and peony girl, but I also can’t resist pretty flowers that are free!

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Andrea Cooley

  1. I’m playing catch up on your blog today :) I heart hydrangeas! I love how the soil changes the color. What a fascinating plant?!?! A word of caution, hydrangeas do not like to be transplanted…you might lose her :(

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