HYDRANGEAS & AUTUMN DECORATIONS
I get my fair share of pleasure from the hydrangeas I grow in my garden. They love the acid soil this area has, so mopheads and lacecaps alike, grow prolifically in almost every garden around.
I have some of them growing in pots and others along the driveway and having recently discovered they prefer to grow in ‘light-shade’ I am now establishing a few more bushes in a patch I wouldn’t have previously considered suitable.
Some of the bushes I have growing in my garden are ones that we brought with us on our move from Gloucestershire to Wales. The soil in our Gloucestershire garden was very clay and the hydrangeas flowers always came through pink, however, since they have established themselves here in Wales in acid soil, the flowers are now blue.
This time of year is just perfect to gather the flower heads for drying and bringing indoors to enjoy throughout the winter months. They keep their colour exceptionally well, especially if they are placed out of direct sunlight.
I like to make them up into bunches tied with string and hang them along the beams in our house. The ones in the picture above are actually a year old and yet still look colourful, so much so, that I shall leave them for another year, I just give them a bit of a dusting occasionally.
As well as decorating our home, I’m always pleased to give hydrangeas from our garden to be used as part of the decorations in the church for Harvest Festival.
I’ll not be blogging for a few days now as John and I are taking a little holiday on Saturday for a week, we shall be staying with our friends in Olney, Buckinghamshire. It will be so good to see them as its been a year since and not only that, a few shopping trips have been planned, I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Ikea.
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