Wednesday, July 22, 2009

hydrangeas in a vintage bowl

We have a hydrangea bush that blesses us with so many gorgeous blooms each summer. They just don't last long enough. So I like to take every opportunity to enjoy them while they're here. They make great cut flowers to bring inside and arrange in vases. This time it seemed appropriate to arrange my hydrangeas in an old crock bowl. Luckily, there's not much to arranging hydrangeas. Since the blooms are so full, you just stick them in your container and they look beautiful without a lot of effort.

My tablecloth's a white crocheted vintage cloth.

That's right - I'm mix n' matchin again! I started with my plates from Hobby Lobby, Elite by Gibson. I have them in celery green and rusty red. As you'll see below, I used both colors this time. Next comes my M A Hadley plates. Each plate has a different scene. Of course, this one's the farmer's house. Between the plate layers, I've folded a napkin made of fabric covered in blueberries. My Lenox crystal has a soft green tint and I've paired them with my Gibson mugs.

Here's the farmer and below the farmer's wife that live in the little house above.

The view of the blooming mandevilla on our porch makes a very pleasant backdrop for meals in the kitchen!

Want to see more? Take a look at all the other table designs over at Susan's Tablescape Thursday.


Robin said...

Ohhh, I just LOVE IT! We had the same color hydrangeas at our old house....unfortunately, the one's we have at the new house just aren't doing well. The hydrangeas are just perfect with those plates!


Robin :o)

Tricia Anne said...

Your table is beautiful! I especially like your fresh hydrangeas! Your plates are adorable as well! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty table setting. Your flowers are beatutiful. I love hydrangeas. I don't have any of my own, but was able to get some elsewhere and wanted to dry some. Always had good luck previous times, but not this year. :( Not sure why.

Happy@Home said...

This is a lovely post. I love hydrangeas and like what you have done with the vintage bowl. I also like your M A Hadley plates and butter dish. My sister-in-law has a fairly extensive collection of her pieces and they are charming. Your table looks so pretty in front of that nice big window.

I enjoyed my visit.

marty39 said...

Oh, I love it. The Hydrangeas are just simply stunning. I so wish they would grow here, but not hardly desert friendly. I love the different dishes. The farm and the farmer and his wife are so cute. I don't think I've seen this pattern before. So pretty. The rest of your tablescape is so pretty. What a gorgeous view out the window, and such a great backdrop for any meal. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Mary said...

The hydrangeas and your arrangements of the are gorgeous. That shouldn't surprise me - everything you do is beautiful.

Pearl Maple said...

hydrangeas = summer for so many of us

beautifully created tablescape

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Marsha... your hydrangeas are gorgeous! My husband's grandmother used to have the most maginficent bushes, and I wish I knew what her secret was. I can't grow them well. But yours! PERFECTION.

I love your Mary Hadley china, too. That is as cute as can be. We had horses with our names on our plates as children. They are long since broken and gone by the wayside, but I can't see it without smiling. I keep tryint to talk myself into collecting it, and with young godchildren, I might do just that! :-)

Love your crocheted cloth, too. My sister does crochet, and I am always admire it when I see it.

Happy Tablescape Thursday. I hope you'll enter my drawing.


Sheila :-)

Really Rainey said...

Marsha I can't believe the color of that hydrangea... it happens to be my favorite color... but the deepness and silkiness is just breathtaking... Beautiful photos!
I hope you have a fun rest of the week!
~Really Rainey~

The Tablescaper said...

Love those plates! How fun and whimsical. I can't get enough of the hydrangeas either. I've got them on my post this week too. - The Tablescaper

Janie's World said...

Very pretty dishes, they remind me of Quimper(sp?) dishes that are from France. Love the hydrangea, its a favorite of mine.

Marsha said...

I love your beautiful blue hydrangeas - in my clay soil they bloom pink instead.

Beautiful tablesetting!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Marsha, such a pretty adorable and those hydrangeas are to absolutely die for. Look at that color. Lovely table!


Blondie's Journal said...


This is an outstanding tablescape!! Your hydrangeas are lovely, time to take advantage of them! And all the colors in your dishes seem to agree!!

Your Hadley dishes are precious and so are your napkins. So many pretty colors. Just fabulous!


Frugal Fine Living said...

This is such a sweet tablescape! I love the hydrangeas! Beautiful plates, too.


Cathy said...

Sooo pretty!!! The plates are adorable and I am in love with your hydrangea...they are so perfect in the vintage bowl!!!


Happy TT!!!


Really Rainey said...

What a beautiful tablescape my friend! I still just can't get over the color of that flower tho... anyway I also wanted to pop back over and give you the link to where I got that "preggers" wire dress form. I got it online here:
It was a great company to deal with too! Very nice people.

Bill said...

Hi Marsha,
Love the hydrangeas in the vintage bowl --- very Martha!!!

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Thank you for the thoughtful comment (I really liked the "like patina on wood!")

See you again soon I hope ...

bye for now,

Cindy said...

Those plates are so adorable, they look so Americana and the hydrangea is just gorgeous! Very pretty table! Cindy

printersdevil said...

The flowers are marvelous. I also love your mixing and matching. You have a great combo here.

Don't forget to join us on this weekend for the final Christmas in July Tablescape Party on Saturday (some may spill into Sunday since the 25th is Saturday. I am having a real CIJ family dinner on Sunday, but will post my table photos Friday night and Mr. Linky will be up and ready at Playing Dishes.

A Hint of Home said...

The dishes are so cute and look lovely with your beautiful flowers.

Eileen said...

How unique! What a great find! I love it!
Hydrangeas are such a pretty centerpiece and the color was perfect!
All the best,

Amy said...

Your purple hydrangeas are just gorgeous. I have always wanted a hydrangea bush growing by my front porch. There is something very vintage about them. Thank you for your inspiration. Amy :)

marmielu said...

How pretty! I like that you put the crock on a cake plate. That's a great idea.
Mary Lou

Sandi (Meme) said...

I'll have to ask my "landscape architect son" if I can get a hydrangea to grow in Kansas, I LOVE the looks of those flowers. They are everywhere you go anymore, used in decorating of all kinds and you have a lovely one!

Mary said...

Hi Marsha, so nice to find your blog and enjoy the precious tablescape you've created for us to see! The hydrangeas are outstanding and give your table a sense of royalty,and the Hadley plates bring so much charm - what a perfect combination! I like the perspective you share on your profile, too. Yes, we have wonderful lives here in America, and sometimes we do have to remind ourselves of how blessed we are by our God!

Joyce said...

I planted Hydrangeas at our house and they were blue when I planted them and now they are pink?? Not sure why but I am thinking it has to do with the soil. They still are pretty no matter what color. Thanks for sharing your pretty table with me today.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Joyce, you are right. The color of the hydrangea will be determined by the soil and how much acidity is in the soil. My aunt in Hot Springs, Arkansas has pink hydrangeas.

Dining Delight said...

Lovely hydrangeas! Those mugs are such a terrific shade of green! How great to be able to eat in front of that window!


Cass @ That Old House said...

Beautiful table! Love the hydrangeas, too -- mine are being stingy with blooms this year, don't know why but I only have a few on each bush -- not enough to cut!

Love those plates -- so adorable!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Your hydrangeas add a beautiful touch to your Holly Hobby plates. Very pretty view from the window.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all so pretty! Love the dishes and the colors!


Pam said...

Your plates look like majolica. I love the hydrangeas in the striped bowl. You can just send an invitation to me down here in Texas for a fun place to eat.