Friday Favorites: 2/19/2010

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well! I have returned from vacation and I am ready to get back in to the swing of everyday life! It is nice to be home, but I miss the bright Florida sunshine!!

In honor of sun and warmth, today I would like to feature my favorite flower: The Periwinkle Hydrangea. These beautiful flowers are so cheery, you cannot help but smile when you see them!

"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view."
-H. Fred Dale

Hydrangeas are a genus of about 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and North and South America. The greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia. Most are shrubs 1–3 m tall. Hydrangeas can be deciduous or evergreen, although the most widely cultivated species are deciduous.

Hydrangea flowers are produced from early spring to late autumn and grow in flower-heads at the end of their stems. In many species, the flower-heads contain two types of flowers, small fertile flowers in the middle of the flower-head, and large, sterile flowers in a ring around the edge of each flower-head.

Hydrangeas come in 2 flower arrangements: Mop-head and lace-cap. Mop-head flowers are large round flower-heads that resemble pom-poms, or as the name implies, look like the head of a mop. Lace-cap flowers bear round, flat flower-heads with a center core of subdued flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy flowers.

"It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

1.) Periwinkle Hydrangea by: moniepenny
2.) Blue Hydrangea Pendant by: gildedlilyglass
3.) Ivory and Periwinkle Rose and Hydrangea Pomander by: Emici Bridal
4.) Hydrangea square plate by: brookepickering
5.) Periwinkle felt hydrangea brooch by: shopkissingtoads
6.) Blue Hydrangea - Vintage German Glass Flower Earrings by: julylamoon
7.) Whimsical Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow with Wool Felt Hydrangea Flower in Periwinkle, Robins Egg, Purple Sage and Moss Green by: HeyMiemie
8.) Hydrangea Blue Vintage Rhinestone Pendant Necklace by: sugarlilac
9.) Hydrangea pitcher by: brookepickering
10.) Hydrangea Blooms... blue glass and silver plated necklace by: nancywallisdesigns

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Have a great weekend and remember: Go Ahead & Indulge!


Dorana said...

beautiful collection! :o) jewelcome home!

siempre- dorana

Robin@creations-anew.com said...

Beautiful...I vote for #1 :)

jerise said...

beautiful flowers--i've always loved hydrangeas! now i know more about them!! welcome back, niki!

jerise said...

oops, forgot to vote!

PrairieWindDesigns said...

Lovely picks! I can almost smell spring in the air. My pick is for #9.

wallis designs said...

Hydrangeas are so gorgeous! Thanks so much for including my necklace in this gorgeous collection!

gildedlilyglass said...

I obviously love them ,too. Thanks for including me.

Mattos said...

I love hydrangeas, they don't really grow here, just one variety, that I have yet gotten to flourish, need to read up on it, but alas it is only white, the only color that can grow here.

Marissa said...

Beautiful collection of hydrangeas!
It means a lot to me that my Hydrangea Necklace is included here. Thank you!
Lovely Blog :)