Here is another instalment from The Flower Council of Holland's campaign about cut flowers. It's called Flower Agenda and during the weeks 32-35 it's all about Hydrangea.
Here is a little bit of information and facts about Hydrangeas:
- The Hydrangea originates from Asia and South America.
- The name Hydrangea comes from 'hydor' meaning water and 'angeion' meaning vessel or jar - because the seed capsules resembles a water jug.
- It comes in many different colours - white, pink, red, purple, green and blue - some are also multicoloured.
- The Hydrangea is an unique plant in that the Hydrangea macrophylla flowers change colour depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the soil.
- Hydrangea flowers are very good for drying.
- There are many different kinds of Hydrangeas - round globe-shaped mophead Hydrangeas, some are lacecap with small flowers in the middle and large petals on the edge others have a plume shaped panicle.
- The Hydrangea symbolises gratitude, grace and beauty.
- It also radiates abundance, thanks to the profusion of flowers and its generous round shape.
- Using it as a cut flower - trim about 2.5 cm off the bottom of the stem and place in a clean vase or container with clean cool water.
- To revive limp flowers - completely submerge in tepid water for 30 minutes - and they should hopefully perk up.
- Hydrangeas are available all year around from florists - but in the Northern Hemisphere they are mainly a summer and autumn flower.
- They can last in a vase for up to two weeks.
- To prevent wilting gently spray with water.
- Hydrangea make wonderful arrangements just on their own but also mixes well with other flowers.
Here is a short video showing the Hydrangea through the eye of a photographer. Edwin Brosens is using the Hydrangea flower as his 'muse'. He thinks they are "colourful, intriguing and he never gets tired of them".
I hope you have enjoyed finding out about the massively popular Hydrangea.
Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!
I will be back next week with more floral delights.
~ xoxo ~
[Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]
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