Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Secret To Lasting Hydrangeas


Aren't hydrangeas just the summeriest flower? They speak of bike rides to 'Sconset, visits to the shore and sunny mornings in the garden with a cup of coffee and some shears...

 

They can be a bit finicky, though, and even when I split their stems carefully, oftentimes their heads start to wither and droop after a couple days.


But my friend Dana (she of the blue and white) gave me the best tip - bring a container of ice water with you when you go out to cut hydrangeas. Plunge them in as soon as you've clipped them. You can split the stems later when it's time to arrange them. It totally works! Now my bouquets last for days...


These little guys have been in my powder room for nearly two weeks and are still going strong.

Do you have any tips for making garden-fresh flowers last?

Hope your Wednesday blooms beautifully! XO

22 comments:

  1. ich liebe ihre hortensien!!!!! angie

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  2. Jeanne, your hydrangea painting is gorgeous! I learned this tip recently too and it really makes a difference. For some reason none of my hydrangeas are blooming this year! I guess I have to buy some! Have a lovely day!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! I'm so sorry to hear that your hydrangeas haven't bloomed this year. I wonder if it was all the cold and snow you had last winter. Hope you find a beautiful bouquet somewhere. XOXO

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  3. Love your tips Jeanne! Our hydrangeas have not bloomed this year which makes me very sad. My husband planted two enormous oak leaf hydrangeas that I love and of course the beautiful blue hydrangeas make me smile. Shall raise my glass to you today as I feel lucky to be invited to a luncheon nearby with a few other bloggers that I only know on line. We will meet in person so I guess it is my time to bloom....maybe an icewater bath is just what I need.
    pve

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    1. Yours, too? It must have been all the snow last winter. How sad! I'll be thinking of all you lovely bloggers at lunch today. Wish I could have flown out but too much happening at home this week. Have fun! XOXO

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  4. Dear Jeanne, thank you for sharing your tip. In the past, it worked for me when the hydrangeas where at a "leathery" stage.
    I do singe flower stems over a flame to make them last at least a week. Hollyhocks, Poppies and many other flowers and plants benefit from this treatment. I'm showing pictures of the process in my last post.
    You are a wonderful artist...love your painting. ox, Gina

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    1. Great tips, Gina. Thank you. And thanks for stopping by! XO

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  5. love your watercolor jeanne!
    never knew about the ice water, will give it a go. when i have hydrangea's in the house, i do not replenish the water but let it evaporate, as it does, the flowers dry. not a dried flower fan except for hydrangea's
    cheers
    debra

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    1. Thank you, Debra! I agree, not a huge fan of dried flowers, except hydrangeas - oh, and lavender, too. Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  6. Jeanne a wonderful work of art!! Thank you for the hydrangea tip, anything to extend the life of our fresh flowers!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Thank you, Karena. Hope you are having a lovely week! XOXO

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  7. We know the best source for flowers that last.... Your post is so well timed as we just had a bloggers lunch with Tina from The Enchanted Home and she brought us each a posy of hydrangea arranged in a little blue and white teapot. She shared the ice water secret so we'll see how long these last. So wish you could have joined us, Jeanne!
    xxoo
    C + C

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  8. NO tips from this CONTESSA but I lIKE YOURS!!!
    WILL TRY...........and report back!
    XX

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  9. Jeanne,
    Your watercolor art is always so appealing, it really captures the beauty of whatever you're sharing. I love this tip, I had read about splitting the stems but not the tip about plunging them in cold water as you cut them.
    Karen

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  10. Love the water colourand will try the tip.Mine have never flowered so large and all the rain this summer has advantaged them.
    Julie

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