Friday, July 10, 2009

Flower of the Week: Hydrangea

There's probably a good chance that someone in your neighborhood has a hydrangea plant, or more accurately, an overgrown bush in their front yard. In its natural form (not a nicely trimmed gallon bucket plant recently purchased at Home Depot), its visual appeal is often masked by spent leaves and brown sun spots. The true potential is hidden by the unflattering presentation, much like the lack of hanger appeal of an oversized 80's top. However, once unveiled, a world of girly sophistication will be revealed that will definitely not go out of style.

Hydrangeas are often used for Spring, Summer or vintage themed weddings. Often seen in light to medium refreshing colors and armed with the "freshly grown right out of your garden" look, they are the perfect candidate for a Spring or Summer bouquet. Having said that, do not get deterred from using it in a fall or winter wedding. The price tag may be a bit higher during the off season, but a talented designer can incorporate your favorite blooms and make them work effectively with your theme. Like calla lilies, hydrangeas are synonymous to vintage flowers. They come in a spectrum of blue, olive green, and speckled pinks that work so well with the vintage look.

Here is a list of other things to consider when choosing hydrangeas for your wedding or event:

1. With a single stem, hydrangea can accomplish the work of over half a dozen roses by covering a large area beautifully and effortlessly.
2. Comes in a variety of colors.
3. One of the few natural blue flowers.
4. Florists can obtain yearround.
5. Excellent for spring or vintage themed bouquets.
6. Adds texture.

1. Without a water source, it will wilt. Water tubes and oasis are often used in designs with hydrangea to ensure they will last throughout the event.If you are ever in a situation where your hydrangea is wilting, soak the entire stem...bloom and all... in water and it will revive it.
2. Per stem wholesale price is costly ranging from $2.50 on up and usually staying around the $3.50 to $4.50 range.
3. Not available in deep vibrant fall colors.

I just recently purchased one of the well-groomed 1 gallon hydrangea plants from Home Depot and my challenge will be to keep it from looking like the overgrown bush that I know it has the potential to become. All of the upkeep will be well worth it once I am able to enjoy the blooms atop my dining room table.

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