I know it has been a little quiet around here the past week, but I am trying to take some time off to relax and enjoy the summer. I just got back from a mini vacation down at the southern Jersey shore. It was hard leaving my favorite place and all the wonderful salt air behind, but when I got home I was excited to see the hydrangeas in my front yard had started to bloom…
…and guess what? They are pink!!! YAY!
If you are a hydrangea lover, then you probably remember the post I did in the Spring about How to Turn Hydrangeas Pink or Blue. It was a test and I told you I would keep you updated to tell you if the product I used worked or not. Well it clearly did!
They are not quite the deep pink they used to be yet, but so much better than the sickly pale blue they were last year.
I was curious and called my local garden center this morning to talk with an expert to find out more about getting the color to be a deeper purple pink. I was told to apply the garden lime all over the bed again in the Fall. Over the rest of the summer, I should also add some acid to the soil, like Miracle Grow MirAcid every few weeks. Between the lime and the MirAcid, over time the blooms should become purple again.
In the meantime, I cut 3 blooms and brought them into the house so I could enjoy them.
I found this great tip about how to cut hydrangeas so that they will not wilt after cutting. It is super easy.
- Best time to cut hydrangeas is early morning
- DO NOT use clippers or a pair of scissors to cut the stems, instead use a very sharp knife with a smooth blade (not a serrated blade).
- Do not cut stem straight across. When you cut the stems with scissors or straight across the stem gets pinched which does not allow water in.
- Use the knife to cut a long diagonal cut down the length of the stem – about 2 -3 inches. This allows lots of water to enter and travel up the stem.
- Plunge the stems into water as soon as you cut them.
If you cut the stems this way - you will be rewarded with full lush blooms that will not wilt.
Free Vase Idea: I didn’t have a vase big enough to hold the long stemmed blooms so I used a large pickle jar that you get when you buy in bulk at places like Costco. Works perfectly.
How are your flowers growing this year? All the bedding flowers I planted in the backyard in the Spring looked good for about a week and then the rabbits decided they were dinner. No more blooms :-(
Our outdoor cat, Mittens, died last Fall. Since she lived outside, the rabbits stayed away. One more reason I miss having her around.