First Friday DIY-Hydrangea Therapy

I'm going to try something.  I don't know if you should hold me to it because I get really excited at the start of an idea, and then somewhere along the way, momentum is lost.  This is a frustrating quality of mine, but one I'm aware of.  I'm working on it.

So I'm going to try.
Trying is a good first step.
Encourage me!  Keep me accountable!

Here it is:  First Friday DIY!

For the sake of organization and alliteration, I'm going to post a DIY tip on the first friday of the month.  Is it alliteration if only two words start with the same letter?? :)  

This is not solely for the bride, although brides or bridesmaids, mothers of brides, aunts and cousins can certainly benefit from these tips.  This is knowledge and skill for anyone who brings flowers home and needs a tip or two.

Over the past few years, the DIY movement has taken over the wedding world.  This applies to flowers as well-brides are interested in doing their own flowers, sometimes only leaving the more complicated and intricate work to the florist.  There are some situations where DIY is not a good idea, which I'll address in another post.  For the most part, though, I think it's great.  I'm good with it.  It saves money, and who doesn't want to save some money?  Well, maybe some folks don't care, and if you are one of those people who want to hand it all over, go for it!!  Hire me to do it ALL!!!  I'll love you either way!  :)

So on this first Friday of July, we are going to talk about hydrangea.

"Hydrangea therapy" is a term I came up with after a couple events when almost all of my hydrangea started to droop before I even started arranging them! Can you imagine?!  $$$ per stem and they looked dead!!  Major freak-out moment.  This can happen to best of stems (and people).  From being in a cold store or cooler to being in a warm car or house, hydrangea can lose it.
So here are some tips.

Healthy, hydrated bloom on the left.  Droopy, sad bloom on the right.  

Hydrangea blooms love water.  Lots of water and a cool environment.  I know, hydrangea plants bloom through the summer!  But have you noticed how droopy they can get on a hot afternoon?  So, fill your vase with water, almost all the way to the top!

Cut hydrangea blooms also need an angled, fresh cut right before the stem is placed in water.  From the time you take the bloom out of water at the store, to the time you get home, the stem has already begun to seal and dry up.  This means that the stem will not absorb water properly unless you give it a fresh cut.  So, as soon as you get home, fill up a vase with water, cut the stem at an angle (this gives the stem more area to absorb water), and put it immediately in water.  

What if, say, a day later, your blooms start to droop?  Don't panic!  Here are a couple tricks of the trade!  Love those.

Can you see the steam a the top of the vase?

Take the bloom out of the vase.
Fill the vase with hot tap to the touch,    but not boiling from the stove.
Re-cut the bloom (at an angle!), and place it back in the hot water.
You will be amazed at what happens.
Wait about an hour and the hot water will bring that baby back to life!
It works almost every time.
I say almost because I will not guarantee it-flowers are tricky things sometimes.

Now, if that doesn't work?  Try this.  Fill up a deep, clean bucket with luke-warm water, re-cut the stem, and submerge the whole hydrangea, bloom and all, in the water.  Like I said before, hydrangea LOVE water!  Let it soak until you can see and feel that the bloom(s) have re-hydrated.  You will know by touching the bloom because it will be firm.  Think withered lettuce vs. hydrated lettuce...firm and should stand on it's own without drooping.

Take note!  This probably won't work for week-old hydrangea blooms, although you can certainly try.  If it has had a good week of life, it's probably tired and done.  You have to let it go and move on.

Sounds like therapy to me!