Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quick Tip - Rejuvenating Cut Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are, to me, the ultimate sign of summer. I've always longed for a hedge of bright blue blooms like you see in every picture of every garden in East Hampton or on Martha's Vineyard. Ours are always decidedly pink, despite yearly applications of soil acidifier, but still quite lovely.

Last week I decided to cut a few of the first blooms the Hydrangea Border had to offer, and they were a bit wilted a few days later. Thankfully there is a solution for wilted hydrangeas which I use year round, but especially in the summer after a hot spell. All you need is a sink and a plug!
It might be a little hard to see, but this large mophead was wilting considerably. The individual flowers that make up the flower head are wilted and their edges are slightly curled.

I filled the sink with cold water and plunged him in, leaving him while I went about my business and ran some errands.


Much better and much sturdier after the cool bath.

Together with one of the brightest of the pink mopheads (who took the same plunge the day before).