Having friends who like to share their flowers is such a great thing. A lot of my garden (flowers and fruits) are from friends and family. My friend Susan has such a beautiful and well loved garden. After one visit to her last year, I left with a gorgeous bouquet of blue hydrangea. I had the arrangement up high in my kitchen, and well, just left it there. Some of the blooms actually dried, which I think is also very pretty. One bloom had just enough water to grow roots. Roots! O.K., for those with Green Thumbs this would be no big deal, but for me it was huge! I put the cutting in a small pot, out of the sun, in our laundry room. I watched it die down, and then miraculously start to grow again. I waited until I had transplanted it into a bigger pot before even telling Susan. I didn’t want to take any chances that it might not make it! Now it is in a bigger pot, with a big flower and seeming to be very happy. The color has changed; it’s now pink. I only have it in a peat/compost mixture though. I’ll have to wait until I plant it in the soil to see what color it will be in my garden.
Are you sharing your flowers with a friend? Or if not, I hope you have a friend who likes to share with you! 🙂
I’m due to take some hydrangea cuttings so your post was fantastically timed! Your Lilies are so beautiful that I didn’t even notice the stakes x
Good luck with the cuttings PJ Girl! I look forward to seeing them in due time. You are very kind, but I still think I need a “prettier” solution for my lilies 🙂
It is said that a piece of old iron in the planting hole helps turn Hydrangeas blue. You can also buy a product in the garden centre which you water on, I think, and it gives blue flowers.
Thanks for the tips Bridget! I’ll have to see if my soil is acidic or not and then work on helping it along to get that gorgeous blue!
Lovely post…don’t know why I have stopped getting your posts in my reader. I’m catching up from your previous one through September. I have green coated metal stakes with a thickness like a coat hanger and an open circle at the top in various sizes that I use for my Asiatic lilies. I have bought them in the garden centers of the big box stores here in the US. I think you should be able to find them in a garden center or online.
Thanks for sharing that info Karen. I’ll have to have a look and see if I can find those stakes or something similar. I’ll also be looking for something for my roses. We just get so much wind! I’d love to be able to keep them steady and still enjoy their beauty.
I love your pink version too! interestingly, this year I planted another blue hydrangea, same as the original blue, but the colour is just not quite so electric. amazing how the soil varies even from place to place in the same garden. keep up the wonderful flower photography…I think you have a real talent for that, Dana!
Thank you, Susan. I do like the cheerful pinkness of it, too. I can’t wait to take some more photos of the beautiful flowers in your garden! 🙂