Simple Flower Arranging Using Vintage Milk Bottles {First Hydrangeas of the Season!}

July 6, 2015

They're heeeeerrrre! The first beautiful hydrangea blooms of the season have appeared
and I could not be happier! I just had to share them with you, both indoors and out.

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

For starters I put them in a vintage milk bottle. Then I placed them on my patio table and
just soaked in their beauty during a sweet summer sunset.
It's one of my favorite times of the day.

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

pink hydrangeas

pink hydrangeas

I'm not sure what the other purple flowers are called, but we have a bush in full
bloom right now so I added them to the mix.

pink hydrangeas

pink hydrangeas

We get mostly pink hydrangeas, due to the nature of the soil here. But I do appreciate 
the subtle differences in the hue. Here I love how they seem to reflect the light.

Vintage Sangamon Dairy Milk Bottle

Here's a close-up of the small,vintage milk bottle I used as a vase. I use these types of
bottles often as vases. They're practical with a twist - they also have vintage charm!
This bottle says "Sangamon Dairy Products." It's from a dairy of the same name in
Springfield, IL. After doing some research I unearthed this cool Don's Drive-In
Sangamon Dairy Milk Bar photo circa 1957.

I believe the bottle I have is at least as old as the diner! I have many more vintage milk
bottles that I use for vases and other fun things, even drinking from them.

hydrangeas in vintage milk bottles

hydrangeas in vintage milk bottles

sun tea recipe in vintage milk bottles

One of these days I'll have to put together a retrospective
of all my vintage milk bottles.

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

Here's how I displayed them in the house.

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle

Aren't they just gorgeous?

pink hydrangeas in vintage milk bottle
I never get tired of looking at them.
Hopefully I'll have a surprise for you soon once the flower garden is officially in bloom. 
For now, here's a sneak peek.

I absolutely can not wait until I can cut fresh flowers from the garden!
I know that I'll be using my vintage milk bottles again for sure.
 How about you?
Do you have any special tricks you like
to use when you display fresh flowers?

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Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, and you know I love those vintage bottles!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They are beautiful, as well as the other flowers. Thanks for sharing them.

NanaDiana said...

Kathleen- I love your "vases". I love old milk bottles but only have a couple of them. Do you know we can still get milk delivered in glass milk bottles here in Wisconsin? I love a cutting garden, too, but don't have any to cut this year.
Enjoy your week- xo Diana

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Your pink hydrangeas are just gorgeous!!! How fun AND cute TO serve an iced drink in those vintage milk bottles!

handmade by amalia said...

I love how a small bouquet can make a big impact - a lovely bright spot of color.

At Home in English Valley said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love milk bottles. canning jars, even test tubes in a rack . A there is nothing prettier than fresh cut flowers from your very own garden! Love, Penny

Linda said...

I think I need to get rid of my vases and use the interesting bottles I have. thanks for putting this idea in my head.

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