I am super thankful that the person who owned this house before me loved hydrangeas as much as I do. She planted about 15 different bushes with at least 4 different varieties. They line my driveway and make my heart happy every time I pull in. Along with that goes threats from me every time someone is backing out of my driveway..."you hit my hydrangeas and I may literally kill you!!" I'm only partially kidding :-)
Pinterest I actually pulled an article out of Southern Living written by the Grumpy Gardener on how to make your hydrangea blooms last. It is old and wrinkly and I still refer to it to refresh my memory at the beginning of every season.
1. Plunge stems in cool water immediately after cutting
2. Pour about 1 inch of boiling water into a container and let it cool for a few minutes.
3. Cut the stems at an angle at the length you want for your arrangement.
4.Hold the bottom 1 inch of the stems in the hot water for about 30 seconds.
5. Transfer the stems to cool water for your arrangement.
Do not ask me the reason behind this method because I can honestly say I do not know why... but it works!
|I love these blue hydrangeas in a simple white pitcher.|
Here are a couple other varieties from my yard.
|Nightingale Lace Cap Hydrangea|
|Oak Leaf Hydrangea|
For tips on drying hydrangeas refer to this post on our dried hydrangea wreath.
Coming up Wednesday will be the Entry Closet Makeover reveal! I just have to find a few baskets I like and do some touch up painting. See here for the inspiration and before pictures. Also, and recap of the greatest weekend ever with the Hendricks and Moody's including lots of pictures of muddy husbands and kids from the Mad Mountain Mud Run.
Last but not least Rebekah and I are planning a series on getting balance is all aspects of our (your) life because we have decided we both are in serious need. We are going to figure out how to get our bodies, parenting, homes, and work lives more balanced, organized and healthy. Stay tuned. We have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas and we want you to follow along, help us out, and join in with us!
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