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.
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.
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.
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