Beach Cottage Flowers ~ Six Ways to Hydrangea Care
Thu 9th, Feb, 2012
G’day Beach Cottage lovelies! Hope all is well with you, thanks for all the sleeping advice…I took it…I got myself some of the products you all mentioned, plus I went for a walk down by the sea about about 5pm…with no bath I ended up on the sofa watching brain-dead tv and if you instagram with me you’ll know I got a foot massage from Mr Beach Cottage. Sometimes I like him.
The more I think about it duh, the more I realise it’s a combo of things, but mainly the lack of the bath tub….counting down the days now until that thing is in, but I have to say tonight I think I will be bathing under the stars again, so over it.
So, anyway, enough of my sleep problems if you remember, back at the beginning of summer I promised I would do a post on hydrangeas and how I get them to stay looking all perky and lovely once in from the garden
I have to say it has been a mixed journey for me and growing hydrangeas too… you have to be patient….I am hoping for lots more next year.
But once they are inside, these lovely ladies, if you get it wrong, rather than standing up all beautifully and showing off their colours, can, droop sadly and get a bit forty-is-the-new-thirty saggy around the edges…and worse they can only last a day or so before you have to sling ‘em in the bin.
So I have tried a few different ways to avoid the Beach Cottage Hydrangea Droop…see them below
1. cut hydrangeas in the morning
…my neighbour swears by this, I took her advice, the one time I didn’t and thought I was clever and snipped my hydrangeas in the heat of the afternoon I had a lot of droopy, sad, wilting going on
2. bash those hydrangeas up
I read online that bashing the ends of hydrangeas makes them last longer for display…so I duly got out my rolling pin and started smashin…this definitely makes them last longer than when I didn’t do that
3. put your hydrangeas in ice cold water
I can’t remember where I read this, and there seems to be conflicting advice on the temperature of the water you put your hydrangeas in….but it has worked for me….now this might be because it’s warm here and they like a cool drink, I don’t know, but when I tried shoving a load of ice in my vase the hydrangeas lasted longer without wilting and getting droopy
4. give your hydrangeas a shot of hairspray
- I got this from my lovely old Australian neighbour who displays hydrangeas at her church…she swears by giving your vase of hydrangeas a good blasting with some hairspray, just like she does her hair…I now do it all the time too!
5. change your hydrangea water every day
…they like a fresh drink these ladies ;-) …who can be bothered to do that? Hmm, well not all of the time, but I have, in my sad little life as housewife to one old cottage on the beaches, conducted my own highly technical research on this topic…I filled two jugs with hydrangeas, one I changed the water every day, one I didn’t. The ones with fresh water, smiled happily at me for much longer, their skin did not go all brown and languid, their heads did not droop, but their forty-is-the-new thirty little bodies rather stayed pert quite nicely, thank-you-very-much.
Note to self : change one’s own water in system daily
6. Re-Cut the stems
While changing the water, re-cut your stems & give them another bashing, this has helped my cut hydrangeas last longer and have a new lease of life
Hopefully that might be of interest to any of you who love hydrangeas as much as I do and especially those of you who might not have the luxury of growing them and have to buy them, wow those ladies are expensive in the shops!
and, just before we go, here below are a few hydrangea pictures for those of you who don’t have any hydrangeas in your life, or are on the other side of the world to the beautiful Down Under and need a lil bit of colour xo
these pink ones…were spectacular! the post was actually more concerned with the makeover of the vintage french chair, but really it was the hydrangeas that stole the day ;-)
these blue ones are very coastal to me, I dedicated a whole post to them
they liked it out there on the new deck
they like banana bread too…;-)
So happy hydrangeas beach cottage ladies, I hoped you enjoyed that little delve in…next year I am hoping to have more!
Do you love hydrangeas too? Don’t they just brighten up your day?
If you have any extra tips that have worked for you, I’d love you to leave them in the comments section and I’ll up date this post with them
p.p.s Saturday Club is on this week, mark your diaries ladies, we are having Beach Cottage Me Time!