With a welcome surplus of rain, our entire garden is lush, quenched and happier than ever this month. Especially our 10 species of hydrangeas since they usually wilt and droop in the heat of Junes past.
We’ve been playing with the hot pink native geranium as an exclamation point breaking through the complex lace-cap hydrangea flowers. The colors blend well.
Each lace-cap hydrangea bloom has two kinds of flowers within one. The flat, wide open flowers around the edge and tiny tight ones of deep blue and purple in the center where bumble bees often scurry. Looking closely, we discovered that one tiny inner flower is also at the center of each larger flower around the border. Nice touch!
Season: mid-June in Atlanta
We call these arrangements Radical Ikebana since we’re not trained in Ikebana – the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging. This series is composed in portable, recyclable wine bottles, easy to present as gifts and the small hole keeps everything upright.