A great beginning to my week is to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly invitation to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.
My two pass-along Hydrangea macrophylla have been slow to get established but this spring there were lots of buds. Then a severe freeze in early April dashed my hopes of finally having armloads of these lush flower clusters to enjoy this summer. As insurance for the future I need to invest in the ones that bloom on old and new growth, but meanwhile, a low branch in the back of one bush yielded a delightful surprise last week.
So no arranging necessary, I placed the branch into a favorite Caithness glass bud vase. This container is heavy for its size and therefore very stable. One branch, three stems, four inflorescences—instant satisfaction.
The first year these hydrangea bloomed the flowers were blue, which is my nostalgic preference. I will start adding some coffee grounds again to the soil to tip the color back, but meanwhile these blooms are fine.
Thank you to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for welcoming everyone to join her in this opportunity to share a vase each week. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.