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Beyond Mums…Time to Update Your Outdoor Spaces!

It is October 15. A little late for my fall window boxes and urns, but that’s ok. If there are still apples on the trees (which I discovered to be the case yesterday when I went apple picking with some of my favorite people!), then the time is still right to install some fall plantings and floral displays. And my window boxes certainly deserve to have some life injected into them after my summer of horrible neglect. (Actually, I was performing an experiment with them…I called it “Weeds or Winners? Established Plantings and Benign Neglect.” Let’s just say that Proven Winners are Proven Winners for a reason!! And Sweet Potato Vine is a Betsy Winner for the 7th year in a row…it goes straight from summer right into fall. Love it! Oh, and I’ve found one really great looking weed, too. I just can’t figure out what it is…a project for another day.)
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Hydrangeas: Timeless Beauties

I received a message the other day from one of my Instagram friends about a photo I’d posted earlier that day of the scores of hydrangeas wrapping around our front porch on Nantucket. She (teasingly? I’ll have to ask her!) asked me whether I knew the secret to cutting hydrangeas. I was about to write back to her on Instagram, but I thought that it might not be a bad idea to draft a little post about this very temperamental bloom and how to cut it, hydrate it and keep it going for at least a couple of days, either alone or in an arrangement. For purposes of this post, I will focus on French hydrangeas (the hydrangeas people generally think about when they hear the word “hydrangea”). I will not get into planting the shrubs; explaining how to change their colors; when and how to prune….or anything else having to do with “gardening”. I will discuss the way that I cut, prep, condition, arrange and enjoy hydrangeas.  I’m stepping out of my realm (I’m a “flower market flowers” kind of girl, and the “gardening” I do these days is restricted to urns and window boxes…). So I am not an expert in hydrangea cut and care, but the following tips have always worked for me… Continue Reading →