Flower of the month- Hydrangea

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Happy New Year to All!! It is January, and great way to celebrate the start of the new year is to surround yourself with fresh, beautiful Hydrangeas. A simple grouping of Hydrangea in a vase is a strong statement and simply elegant.

Types- Hydrangeas are made up of 70-75 species of flowering plants with the greatest species diversity in Eastern Asia. The most common are large, full-headed white blooms with many small clusters of flowers. Soil acidity varies the colors of the Hydrangea. Acidic soil will produce flowers that are blue to purple and alkaline soil will result in pink to red flowers.

Origin- Hydrangeas can be found in many areas but are from Eastern Asia- Japan and Korea. They thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9 which encompasses Pacific NW, California and through the middle of the US.

Flower care- Hydrangeas can be long lasting but can easily wilt if they don’t have a water source and are feeling temperamental. It is best to spritz the hydrangea blooms with water as they drink through their petals, as well as their stems. It is best to do this every few days to keep the Hydrangea well hydrated.

Fun facts- Hydrangeas have no fragrance, so another flower which requires no need to worry about guest’s sensitivity to scents. Hydrangeas have the ability to be revived if by chance the bloom wilts on you. Place the entire flower head under water for 30 minutes. After the bloom expands back to normal, recut the stem and place back in its container immediately.

Word of caution- Hydrangeas are toxic to cats and dogs because they contain cyanogenic glycosides that, if ingested, cause gastrointestinal disturbance- vomiting, depression, diarrhea.

Hydrangeas are a staple here, so stop by and enjoy these wonderful blooms!