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Happy Hydrangea

by habituallychic

06 . 10 . 11
Part of my job for the Microsoft Preview event includes picking out and styling the flowers.  Hydrangea will definitely be on my shopping list. If you are lucky enough to live in an area with abundant bushes, you can just go right outside and cut them.  I will be picking mine up from the Flower District but they will be no less beautiful.  Hydrangea always seem so happy and cheerful to me too.  How can you look at them and not smile?  Hope these images make you smile too! Bon Weekend!

Martha Stewart

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Ashley Whittaker

Martha Stewart

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Carolyne Roehm

Ashley Whittaker

Victoria Hagan

Carolyne Roehm

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Meg Braff

Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm

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Photo by moi



Martha Stewart

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Nate Berkus via Elle Decor

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  1. Oksana June 10, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Love them. They are such elegant flowers.

    Oksana from http://www.ordermatters.com/blog

  2. sandrajonas.com June 10, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    Stunning!! The backbone of my summer garden is Hydrangea. In a vase it takes only a few for a luxurious arrangement. How chic will this display be!!!!!!

  3. Natasha June 10, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Isn’t it interesting how just one stem of this wonderful flower, and brighten up a whole room? I try to pick up from time to time, as they are not native, and cost a little more.. 🙂

    Northern Light Blog

  4. Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ June 10, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    growing up my Mom had these growing throughout our backyard along the fence – i remember being scared of them b/c of all the bee’s buzzing around … and umm i think i might still be a lil freaked by them ..

  5. Splendid Sass June 10, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    Couldn’t live with out my hydrangeas. They make the most beautiful arrangements.
    Have a great weekend, Heather.

  6. Alice Olive June 10, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    Heather! What a beautiful collection of images here! Ah, I know what flowers I’ll be buying later today! So Summery.

  7. Lorellei June 10, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I just planted 3 more hydrangeas this year and am so looking forward to them maturing like these. Thanks for posting! I look forward to reading your blog first thing each morning.

  8. Karena June 10, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Oh one of my very favorite flowers they are always a delight to look at!
    They add so much to a room or garden.

    Don’t miss my Exciting Giveaway from Tracy Porter… last day to enter!

    Art by Karena

  9. Kelly@Bungalow Blue June 10, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Gorgeous! Can’t think of a better bloom to represent summer!

  10. Buck Syah June 10, 2011 | 5:21 pm


  11. the modern sybarite ™ June 10, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Beautiful. Perhaps, and maybe perhaps, a more beautiful cousin is the azalea bush!

  12. Emilia June 10, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous images of gorgeous flowers. I’m not sure there is another flower that feels quite so pretty and sophisticated.

  13. Fashion-isha June 10, 2011 | 7:35 pm

    I am so impressed with your microsoft assignment. You are such an inspiration! And I continue to love your choice of photos…when I receive the emails of your blog I know I am going to get a few moments of beauty and respite from real life. Thank you!!
    ps hope you don’t mind, sometimes I
    ‘borrow’ some of your pics and always give your blog full credit!

  14. First House on the Right June 11, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    I’ve never seen an image with hydrangeas in it that I haven’t loved! Nicolex

  15. court. June 11, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    I grew up in a house that was surrounded by hydrangeas. My mother would always have a fresh arrangement in the house and dry them out for the winter. One day, she overheard two little old ladies complain about how bad the local florist’s selection was and suggested that they come by and see hers. Next thing she knows, she’s loading up bushels of flowers and selling them out of the trunk of her car on First Beach in Newport! My mother, the flower-pusher! Hilarious.

    Love seeing these images, makes me excited for summer.

  16. Leslie Sherr June 11, 2011 | 2:23 pm


    Thank you so much for the consistently wonderful posts. Are you able to identify the designer of the room that is the third up from the bottom, with the tailored linen table cloth over the round table and carriage lantern above with the round mirror in the background? I would be grateful if you could provide a name.

    Many thanks and kind regards,

  17. Lady Tollimglower June 11, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    Don’t you love how hydrangeas change colour depending on how much lime they have in their soil? The historic house I grew up in on Georgia Strait had pink hydrangeas on one side of the great granite steps to the front door, blue on the other side. Sometimes, blue and pink would blend in a single flower like a sunset over the straits behind. I was grown up and a landscape architect before I discovered lacecap hydrangea and the climbing hydrangea, now my hydrangeas of choice. But still, seeing the pink and blue mopheads, always brings childhood and arriving home at the granite steps back in a flash.

  18. Anonymous June 11, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Can someone help me with hints on keeping them fresh. Mine seem to wither in a day after being picked. Thanks.


  19. Habitually Chic June 11, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Suzan – Funny timing! I just had a reader email me this advice right before you left your comment. Hope this helps!

    Hi! I’m a floral designer — hydrangeas are difficult to keep going — often they look like dishrags after a day in a vase. You need to hydrate them properly to keep them going.
    Scrape the lower 2 – 3 inches of stem with a knife, then cut a cross in the bottom of the stem. Let them drink hot water for a couple of hours. If they’re really droopy you can dunk them in a tub (bath tub!) of water, or put damp paper towels over the flower blossoms — they can drink through the flowers. Recut when you arrange them. A little flower food in the water helps, too. If they droop, recut and rehydrate…

  20. Splendid Market June 11, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    All just lovely ~ I must say, that Carolyn Roehm really has the touch.

  21. Kay Furlong June 11, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    Beautiful hydrangea photos! Love them, too, and so hardy and easy to grow!

    Our hydrangea arrangements fill our house all summer long!


  22. Anonymous June 12, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Have you ever been to Azores where landfields are separeted by hydrangeas, its lovely.

  23. NauticalCottageBlog.com June 12, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Love hydrangeas and totally love this post! I have three shrubs and can’t wait for them to bloom this year. Thanks for this bit of gorgeousness until mine are ready.

    Hope you have a great week.


  24. Brie June 12, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    So lovely! Hydrangeas are one of the worlds most beautiful flowers 🙂

  25. Kathy June 12, 2011 | 8:25 pm

    This did not make me happy..the Hubs cut my huge beautiful bush back to about 6″ off the ground saying it would grow back in March….It has a few leaves on it and it’s about 12″ tall now, not the 6 footer it was last year, I won’t get that basket of big beautiful balls this year…hoping for next year..yesterday he cut my rhodies to look like small trees….men!

  26. Joseph the Butler June 13, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    When I worked in one of the Cliff Walk mansions of Newport, it was my duty to fill the entry urns with fresh hydrangea, it took hundreds of stems. Fortunately the property had rows of them. And I was surprised at how long they lasted in the cool marble entryway.