Today we will talk briefly about Hydrangea. Hydrangeas have somehow managed to escape ubiquitousness while being one of the most accessible flowers year round. They flower throughout the summer, but, like the rose and the carnation, are readily available whenever.

Native to North America and Asia, hydrangeas have been growing for far longer than I realized!  There are fossils of hydrangeas that have been discovered in North America that are thought to be from the Late Eocene period (that's millions of years ago!). 

We typically see the huge fluffy globe-shaped cluster, referred to as a “mophead” in the dead of winter (this is the most widely recognized and common type of hydrangeas), but in the summer we get a lot more variety, such as oakleaf hydrangeas, which have conical blossoms, and lacecaps, which have a circle of flowers surrounding buds.

I’ve also found that I prefer working with more delicate varieties of hydrangea, such as the ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ because they are more pliable and “play well with others” unlike the larger varieties. What I mean by that is, large hydrangea tend to take over an arrangement and play a starring role, determining shape, color and texture. It's no wonder they symbolize “heartlessness” and are called “a boaster” by Kate Greenaway.



Prehistoric Hydrangeas, for those who like to nerd out with us. 

Prehistoric Hydrangeas, for those who like to nerd out with us. 

Mary Simmons