While the summer days cook the southern states right now, including Tasmania, I have been making sure our new plants the boy’s and I have planted are surviving the heat…as well as my beloved Hydrangea beds. I have an assortment of these stunning plants that include pure white…my favourite.
But today I filled our Old Lady with the blues and purples and I thought I would let you know how I keep them alive for so long without changing the water etc…I still have the ones from Christmas I cut on our coffee table still! Every year when the flowers come out, I save them so I can still enjoy their beauty for the whole year, through the colder months, until they bloom again. We still have vases…well pewter mugs, glasses, jugs etc…with some that are two to three years old. They last forever if you dry them out. I get a lot of questions about this, so, here is what I do….
1. cut your blooms and strip off the leaves except for the two closest to the flower head
2. fill a vase/jar/cup with water, about 1/2 way up
3. add a capful of ordinary bleach (not lemon etc, just regular old bleach)
4. add your flowers and let them wick the water up…do not add/change the water!
5. once the stem ends no longer touch the water, they will finish drying off
…enjoy for years…
There are a lot of other ways I am sure to do this, but this method has never let me down
…I plan on drying these lovelies out that I added to our bathroom today too. If you give it a go, I would love to hear how you get on xx