I'm too much of a closet hippie to go with fake flowers. I can't do it. I'm also too lazy and too cheap. I can do this:
....because I have grapevines in my yard and probably my mother started it or maybe she made the whole thing! I might have put it in what we call the "nook" of the deck simply because there was already a nail there!
But I'm also too impatient to deal with real flowers, other than maybe zinnias, which last for a long time and then sort of die in place without shedding or anything messy like that. Because you know that what sheds will just stay there for a long time before I get to cleaning it up...
Well, despite these protestations, I did this in Bridget's room.
It's really 90s. I don't even approve of it. But I did it anyway. For one thing, that netting (Bridget calls this her "comfort zone") doesn't balance -- the beads on the opening cause the whole thing to tip forward. So I needed something to weigh it down and make it level. Not that it's really level.
Every year around this time I go to my bank and notice their lush hydrangeas. And every year, a little beyond this time, I notice that their landscapers have come and brutally shorn the hydrangeas of their blossoms. And every year I think, "I should just ask them if I can cut those blossoms before the bad landscapers come."
Well, this year I did it. I was dressed a little nicer than usual and thought I'd just take advantage of not looking super crazy and go ask. And do you know what the nice lady said? She said, "Absolutely!"
I thought she was going to say "Absolutely not" but she didn't. I got two bags of blossoms!
Hydrangeas are perfect for lazy people like me. You don't have to do anything to them other than make sure they don't get crushed. They will dry in a vase (no water, obviously).
Or in a basket.
The big ones can be hung to dry.
The flowers are real. The beam is fake! :)
Thanks to the Nesting Place for the link!