August Month of Hydrangea
Color and Fragrant
When I was a little girl every summer we would travel to Lago Maggiore, where you can find the most beautiful hydrangeas. We used to pick them in our garden and make big flower bouquets for our mother. But I do not love them only because they remind me of my childhood, but because you can make the most beautiful bouquets. They range from pink to blue, including all shades of lavender to violet to purple, as well as green and white. If they have dried, I make a wreath out of them.
Hydrangeas are beautiful in a vase but are a little bit difficult to keep fresh. So cut the stems of your hydrangea as soon as you can and smash the very bottom of them to allow more water to travel up the stems and feed the blooms. When you bring hydrangeas inside make sure you strip off the leaves from each hydrangea stem because leaves are big water drinkers. If you are not sure, your hydrangeas are absolutely fresh, simply place each stem into boiling water for about 30 seconds to help clean any air pockets. Air pockets stop the water from reaching the flower head, causing them to droop. After putting them in lukewarm water. Place your bouquet at a cool place and feed them with sugar or flower food.