It is Hydrangeas I wanted to share this week, as every year I admire them. Named after the Greek for ‘water’ and ‘vessel’ (for the little cup like flowers) they are a plant that gives so much in my garden. They look beautiful from June, when those big stalked heads begin to form right through the Autumn when the frothy flowers dry themselves upon the shrub. I don’t cut them until early spring, someone once told me the spent flower heads provide food and shelter for insects over winter and I think they look majestic, dried in the winter border. This posy shows the range of colours I have in the garden, ranging from the purest white to a dark purple, I have slightly Alkaline soil, but will still enjoy a blue hue every once in a while. My favorite are the white flowers with the hint of green, so pure and fresh and clean. I have also just realised they are the Wimbledon colours, so very perfect for this week. We have big plans next year to move our garden pond and free up more border space, and first on my list of new plants will be some delicate lace head Hydrangeas.
I will keep this posy until they begin to shrink slightly and then I will tie them in a bunch and hang them upside down on my herb rack for 1-2 weeks and then we will have beautiful dried hydrangea to enjoy for many more weeks to come. Tucked in between the umbrella are grass heads from the front lawn and dried lavender from last year.
An old folklore attached to Hydrangea is that if planted in the garden of a single lady, she will never wed, but it’s not all bad news, apparently if you burn the bark (which is layer upon layer of colour of you every scrape it back) it will break any curse that may have been placed upon you.
My hydrangeas came back from the dead. A few years ago my husband pruned them in so vicious a manner I never thought I would see them again, and for a few years they limped on, barely flowering, so I am even happier to see them thriving again….
The In a Vase on Monday posts are hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, do pop over and take a look at the other vases. Wishing you all a lovely week.