Category Archives: Flower Care

Hydrangea ER

hydrangea emergency


Has this ever happened to you?

Hydrangeas are thirsty and temperamental flowers and they will sometimes soften and wilt after a short time, seemingly  for  no reason. They’re usually dehydrated and there is something you can do……… As soon as you notice any softening or wilting of the petals, fill a sink bath or large bucket with fresh cold water…..



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Next, turn the hydrangeas upside down and plunge the heads into the water, immersing them completely , if  you’re using a bath immerse the stems as well…………



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You will need to leave the heads submerged for at least an hour … longer if you can.




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After an hour or two or three,  pull the flowers out of the bucket and gently shake off the water……. Next, trim the stems, you should take off at least 4cm,  more if you can, and then they should be ready to go back into a vase filled with cold  fresh water.




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This luscious bunch is the same sad specimen from the first image……..A truly Lazarus like transformation.

How to Care for Peonies

Sometimes people complain that peonies don’t last or don’t open properly so here is a tip to help extend the life of your precious peonies. First you need to boil the kettle , you will also need a glass, pair of secateurs  (or scissors) and a clean vase with fresh water in it.



Take off any foliage that will be under water… This helps keep the water clean.


When the kettle has boiled pour about 4 cm of hot  water into the glass. next cut all the peony stems on a sharp angle…….


Straight away, plunge those stems onto the hot water for about 20 seconds.


Then into the clean cold water waiting in your vase……..


The last step is to enjoy your peonies for about 7 days.

This scalding tip works equally well with poppies, hellebores, hydrangea and gerberas.

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