Hydrangea – August’s flower of the month

The Flower Agenda which can be found at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk highlight certain flowers. This month it is the beautiful Hydrangea! Keep reading to find out more …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Origin of the hydrangea
The no-nonsense hydrangea’s name comes from ‘hydro’ (water) and ‘angeion’ (pitcher) because the hydrangea’s shape is reminiscent of an old water pitcher… although you need quite a lot of imagination to see it! The flower, which originates from Asia and South America, came to Europe on the first Dutch East Indies Company ships.  

The hydrangea’s colours and shapes
In the first half of the year you see red, pink, purple, white, green and blue hydrangeas, as well as hydrangeas which combine several colours. In the second half of the year there are the ‘colour-changed’ flowers. These hydrangeas have a green/dark red/brown tone and are good for drying. These are actually flowers that the grower has left to develop in the greenhouse. There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to shape. You can choose single or double flowered varieties, globe-shaped hydrangeas, hydrangeas with small flowers in the middle and large petals on the edge (edge bloomers) or hydrangeas with a plume shape.

Care tips for Hydrangeas
Fully enjoy your hydrangeas by following the below care instructions.
•    Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
•    Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
•    Cut or trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a sharp and clean knife or secateurs.
•    Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
•    Do not place hydrangeas in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
•    Regularly top the vase up with tap water; hydrangea flowers drink a lot because they have thin leaves and thin petals, as a result of which they evaporate a lot of moisture.
•    Don’t place hydrangeas near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.

A fabulous bouquet with hydrangeas
Hydrangeas allow a bouquet to have a stylish and impressive effect. This allows you to bring nature into your home in a fantastic way. Combine this remarkable ball of petals with Viburnum, Bupleurum, Calla and Crocosmia berry to create an unexpectedly beautiful effect. There are so many flowers that work well with a Hydrangea, however they look amazing amammassedssed on their own! 

Hydrangea symbolism – Floriography of course  …. 
Alongside the flower’s magnificence, there’s another good reason to buy hydrangeas: they symbolise gratitude, grace and beauty. They also project abundance because of the lavish number of flowers and the generous round shape. The hydrangea’s colours symbolise love, harmony and peace so it’s perfect for use in floral work for weddings, funerals or birthdays. 

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