Heavenly Hydrangea

In recent years the Hydrangea have moved up in the flower-fashion stakes and it is easy to see why. With their full blooming pom-pom heads, they bring an instant colour-hit, and this with only one stem required. Hydrangea grow happily in most gardens and their flowers can change colour, depending on soil conditions. The plants can also grow to be very old and still be a reliable flowering plant, giving many gorgeous blooms throughout summer. I saw these beauties blooming in the front garden of a house en-route to the station. So one day, baby in pushchair and dog on lead, I knocked on the door and asked the lady if she would mind if I picked 5 stems. She was delighted that others noticed their beauty too and told me that some of the bushes (the more opal coloured ones) are very old, as they were already in the garden when she moved into the house 45 years ago.

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns

I especially love the opal purple-blue ones and how the colour shades and vary from one side of the flower to the other side. I used my old vintage Wedgwood urns to arrange them in and added the small lacecap hydrangea from my garden in the mini urn. They lasted for 2 whole weeks on my bedroom drawer unit, seen here.

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads

Hydrangea always reminds me of summer time in South Africa. Of course summer in SA is during the months of November to February. Over there, we also refer to them as “Krismisrose”, translating to “Christmas Roses”, as they are at their best over the Christmas period and you see them in many gardens and in houses during the festive season.

 

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns on stairs

Purple & Pink hydrangea heads in vintage Wedgwood urns on stairs

While carrying the vases to the first floor, I put them on the stairs to carry them upstairs one-by-one, and I noticed how pretty they looked just there at a glance. Totally bazaar putting flowers on a stairs, especially if you share your house with a husband, 3-year old and a dog.  So I had to move them quickly but not before I snapped this photo.

 

Photos, Styling and Words by Theoda Solms Iles

6 thoughts on “Heavenly Hydrangea

    • Ursie, Die hele tyd wat ek daardie Hydrangea post skryf, dink ek net aan Hermanus en al die groot bossen wat hoer as n mens staan by party plekke.
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  1. Dankie Theoda vir al die lekker idees wat jy op jou website plaas – so lekker om te wat vir die volgende verrassing. Londen is seker nou pragtig met al die blomme – ons tyd kom ook, vandag ‘n lekker sonnige winterdag in Stellenbosch x

    • Hello Corrie, Dis heerlik om weer van jou te hoor. Ja, London en die Uk het n heerlik somer die’ jaar, ek geniet dit so baie. Maar dan is S’bosh ook een van die mooiste plekker op aarde.
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  2. Always my favorite! Just beautiful. One of my neighbours has a fantastic hydrangea plant and the flower heads are as big as my head. I love them. I was also at as shoot location in Lordship park recently where the hydrangeas were about 10ft tall – literally up to the second floor window. Giant ones- soooo cool!

    • Emma, Wow, that sounds amazing! In certain parts of SA they grow like that too, huge bushes that we as kids used to play under.
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