Barbara’s Blog – January 2018

Winter is a great time for flowers in the home. Our garden flowers may be gone but we can use our evergreen foliages, branches and even leaves from our house plants. Add a few flowers and start planning for spring!
Hydrangeas are dry packed and shipped from overseas to the wholesaler then distributed to florists and grocery stores. Rehydrating must be immediate.
a. remove all foliage
b. make a fresh cut with a knife or very sharp siceteurs
c. dip cut stem into alum (spice used in making pickles)
d. submerge in tap water about 30 minutes
e. may need to submerge flower head only to revive a wilting flower
f. place in deep container of water with nutrient additive
Ideas that work well for me
a. I pat all flowers in the store package…do they feel crisp not limp (I also pat broccoli)
b. keep floral foam sopping wet to assure enough water for hydrangeas, they are heavy drinkers
c. insert small jar of water into the foam just for the hydrangeas, refill water using a turkey baster
A monochromatic design using unusual all-green hydrangea with garden foliages: yew, aspidistra and ligularia chosen for textures, shapes and forms.
A monochromatic design using unusual all-green hydrangea with garden foliages: yew, aspidistra and ligularia chosen for textures, shapes and forms.

2 thoughts on “Barbara’s Blog – January 2018

  1. Barbara’s expertise as an Accredited Flower Show Judge and a Past Design Instructor is why this blog is so interesting to all members. Thank You Barbara for sharing your knowledge!

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