August Flower of the Month - Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are one of my absolute favourite flowers and August is their prime time. Available in a huge range of colours, their huge, showy heads are a real statement in a bouquet or can look just as striking when two or three stems are displayed on their own in a simple vase. To me they just scream luxury and, when cared for correctly, they can also last a really long time.
Below are some tips for how to care for your cut stems at home
• Cut a piece off the stem diagonally.
• Use a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature. Hydrangeas prefer to being in glass rather than metal.
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life
• Ensure enough (2/3) water in the vase. Hydrangeas do not like having their water topped up.
• Do not place your vase of hydrangeas in a draught, in full sun or next to the fruit bowl.
• Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water. That causes rapid bacterial growth in the water, which reduces the vase life of the flowers.