Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bathing Hydrangea


When I noticed that our bouquet of hydrangeas were looking a little thirsty, I thought I'd give them a nice relaxing bath. I did this last year with another bouquet (also a mop head variety) and it gave them a nice refreshing pick me up. 

They look relaxed, don't they? 

My passion for hydrangeas has led us to plant more than ten varieties so far. The bathing hydrangea above are the Endless Summer variety. 

The other mop heads I've planted are: 

Nikko Blue
All Summer Beauty
Incrediball
Penny Mac

In conical varieties, we've planted: 

Little Lamb
Mini Limelight
Limelight
Trepadora (climbing, although not climbing yet!)
Pee Gee
Pinky Winky 
Oakleaf
Bombshell 


Oops...  Who's this? 


Ahhhhh, it's our little Margaret. 

She was riding in the baby carrier while I took a few photos.
xoxoxoxoxo

79 comments :

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Such a wonderful post! I will be sure to look up those types of hydrangeas and plant some next year.

Dear Lillie said...

Those are such GORGEOUS photos! And I LOVE that you took them with Margaret in the baby carrier. I pretty much take all my shots these days with Lola in her Baby Bjorn. It is quite an adventure, isn't it?

Annelies said...

When our daughter was married we had 100's of hydrangeas....they were gorgeous. The venue gave us the flowers, but not the vases they rested in. Needless to say our flowers looked a bit droopy two days out of water ( we needed a day to rest up). I figured I had NOTHNG to lose, so I also submerged the water starved flowers in a huge bath. They sprung to life like magic...and we got to enjoy them all again!!!

Lynne said...

I found you today and spent time reading about you, viewing the before and afters of the Little Farm House and in awe of your precious babes.

I have enjoyed your art, frames, hydrangeas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, Christmas in July, (I can't wait to see you in Country Living) and much more.

I am fairly new to the blog world, (May) and you have moved to one of my favorite visits. You "had me" at the Sun Pickles but "put me over the moon" when I met Graham and Margaret.

Incredible warmth and grace . . .

loulou said...

Hello Trina

I adore Hydrangeas - I really do - my grandparents had so many varieties planted and loved the array of colours

have a wonderful day

x

loulou

Anonymous said...

Bathing beauty indeed!!! Oh...and the flowers are quite pretty, too!

Linda @ Lime in the coconut

Mel's Designs from the Cabin said...

Wow...nice shots...your daughter is darling next to the sweet flowers in the tub...good eye for beauty....thanks for commenting over on Mel's Designs from the Cabin....Mel

bolso.me said...

I've never thought about this trick! Wonderful idea .
Regards

An Urban Cottage said...

That first photo is a masterpiece!! Genius! I swear you could sell a million prints of that.

So funny with Margaret. I think that will be a big part of your future. Even my cats love to get in the picture.

white verandah said...

Oh how i love hydrangeas! They look stunning in your gorgeous bath...Peek a boo from Margaret - just precious! I have been loving your blog ever since i stumbled across it recently!!

pve design said...

I adore the way you love and care for all creatures with the sort of love that would make the earth feel massaged, bathed, and well cared for.
pve

Cindy said...

Trina, Mike, and children: Love the pictures; so peaceful. Thank you for listing the varieties of hydrangeas; we have a few and I am looking to add more. Cindy

Patricia said...

Beautiful ! I also love hydrangea's - tell me, have you ever 'dried ' them, so you can enjoy a vase inside during the winter ? Do you know how people do this.
I love your blog, by the way. Your photos of your home and garden are just beautiful.......

the gardener's cottage said...

dearest trina,

i think this series of photos is my fave so far and that's saying a lot b/c i've loved all your photos. they DO look relaxed! why is it that when i cut my hydrangeas they just dry?, i've started not even putting them in water at all.
margaret is so pretty!

xo
janet

Chris said...

Ilove hydrangeas too. I'm hoping to plant many bushes next spring when we go to North Carolina.
Chris

for the love of a house said...

omgosh... fabulous photos Trina- so beautiful, but of course the last one is my favorite:)

xojoan

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Trina-

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing hydrangeas and happy little babies. Seeing both at the same time
= PERFECTION!

My best- Diane

Amanda (Dear Frances) said...

So gorgeous, I almost want to frame them!

Snappy Di said...

I think Margaret like hydrangeas too!

http://www.theblueridgegal.com/2011/09/yesterday-and-today.html

Robin said...

What a great tip. Also a beautiful surprise when you enter the bathroom. Bathing beauties for sure!

Anonymous said...

The hydrangeas are beautiful but Margaret , be still my heart.
xoxo Dianne

Audrey Leighton said...

what a good idea! too bad you need your bath tub or those would be great decorations haha

FRASSY

www.befrassy.com

xx

Gwendolyn said...

First of all, I love your tub!! I never would have thought to do that for flowers. What a great idea. What temp of water do you use? Hydrangeas are one of my fave flowers. I have 3 small bushes I am nursing.
Blessings~

Christine Crocker said...

such beautiful flowers~
and such a beatiful little face peeking out...

Ami at A Sierra Home said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Truly stunning. Oh how I love, love, love hydrangeas and they will not grow in this Sierra mountain region. I'm waiting on some miracle of botany to have my own. Until then, I'll gush over yours.
p.s. Your photography is so beautiful, I could look at it all day.

24 Corners said...

Trina! These have to be the prettiest images EVER!!! And you took them with sweet Margaret assisting you...she's obviously a marvelous helper!
Really, these are spectacular...and very frameable, they be so lovely on a bathroom wall, and in a magazine!!;)
Such fortunate hydrangeas...
xo J~

Meagan said...

Ohhh that could be an editorial shot right there! So lovely!

I had no idea you could do this for hydrandeas. I just threw some in the compost because they were all wilting, I'll have to remember this little tip next time!

xo

Lee said...

HI Trina, funny we have the same claw foot tub. I love the way that photograph looks. Sweet suggestion. Frame that photo in the bathroom in a pretty chunky white or silver frame. Too sweet for words.
Lisa

Christy said...

I too am in love with hydrangeas! I have a brand new backyard to fill too. Where do you purchase your plants?

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

Not only are those some of the most beautiful images I have een in a wery long while.... but this trick works like a charm, I have used it myself several times!!! ...after reading about it on the Marthat Stewart website!

heartland farmhouse said...

So pretty! AND original!

Old Country Soul said...

Oh WOW! You give me such inspiration for the day I am able to purchase, renovate and enjoy my dream house!

Heaven's Walk said...

You are the hydrangea Queen, Trina! You certainly know how to grow them big and beautiful! :)

xoxo laurie

Rachel said...

These photos look strangely magical... like the hydrangeas just hovering in the tub. Beautiful flowers and lovely photos!

seashoreknits said...

More lovely flowers! Peonies are my favorite flower but hydrangeas come next. We had all white varieties when we had our farm, and I miss them all so much.
Your photographs of them resting in the water are so very beautiful, Trina. The make me very happy. And seeing little Margaret's waving fingers was the icing on the cake!

Oh, Sweet September said...

The photos are beautiful. I've never thought to do something like that to revive them! Thanks for sharing. Your home is absolutely beautiful and inspiring, by the way :)

Kit said...

Wow, that photo is worthy of a magazine for sure. So different and so pretty. I bet the kids are getting big aren't they. This should be an exciting season at your home this year. :) Kit

Linda said...

What a beautiful idea!

western serials said...

I have enjoyed your art, frames, hydrangeas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, Christmas in July, and much more. I found you today and spent time reading about you, viewing the before and afters of the Little Farm House.

Brammatt said...

Great pictures. Hortensia is 'national' flower in Brittany...
Bon vent !

Anna at the Doll House said...

You have inspired me to plant hydrangeas.

Anna

Laura said...

Such gorgeous photos! Printed onto canvas they'd look stunning in a bathroom!!! You obviously know alot about hydrangeas so can you tell me if I can grow them in pots? I want to plant one but we'll be moving house in about a year and I would want to take it with me. Also, are they better in the shade or full sun? (I live in South Africa...). Thanks for a great blog. lol x

Passionate for White said...

The endless summer variety is the bomb!!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Laura,
Yes, you can grow them in a pot. They won't grow much bigger until they're planted in the ground but the pot will allow you to take them with you easily.
Trina

Green Hydrangea Lover said...

I am passionate about hydrangeas. The pictures of them floating in that beautiful footed bathtub are stunning. You could turn them into a postcards. I have "Annabelle" hydrangeas surrounding my patio. I dry them every year and then treasure them placed throughout my house in ironstone pitchers.

I am new to your blog and LOVE it.

Lisa

KAT said...

beautiful photos... Margaret is sweet... curious of your photography I see. That is my mums name so it is a dear name to me always.
KAT

Anonymous said...

Your charming pictures and commentary make my day. Because of the pictures of your Limelights that you posted, we planted 4 large plants this year and they produced armfull and armfull of beautiful boquets. The babies are precious.

pageonpaper said...

These photos are simply lovely!

Shana said...

I think I'm in love!

Dorothy said...

That never occurred to me. I'd love to see my husband's reaction to finding a bunch of hydrangeas floating in our tub! I love them too. So beautiful, as is everything on your blog.

Johnny and Anny said...

I feel so refreshed...what a beautiful and simply done picture!! I love your blog so much, I leave it feeling rejuvenated and grateful for all the little beauties in my life and so grateful for my little family. Thank you for all the treasures you share, it enriches my life everytime.

-anneke, montana

The Country Cardinal said...

Lavender baths have always been my preference... until now, that is. Beautiful flowers! They remind me of my Dad.

Amish Stories said...

Im not sure about the flowers, but i really like the tub. Very old school and i like. Richard

maxandemerson said...

I love the picture with your daughter in it...my son, 2 yrs old, can hear the camera turn on from 3 miles away...and always makes a half-faced appearance by my 2nd picture....then all my other pictures are blurry because I'm trying to occupy him and take photos at the same time. Beautiful and simple...I love your photographs!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh my Trina, these pics are divine! I wanted to ask you what kind of camera do you use, if that's ok? I love the way your pictures came out {I have a regular old point & shoot one}. Anyway, your hydrangeas are stunning & inspiring to say the least!


Hugs from Los Angeles,
Jessie

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Your hydrangeas are absolutely breathtaking! I love using them in my designs...but this is the first time I've seen them floating in a tub! :) What a great photo!!
Your varieties sound just gorgeous and some I have never heard of.
As always, your posts are lovely and I especially enjoy seeing a "visitor" pop in the picture on occasion. :)
Wishing you a beautiful week,
Lisa Moran
Bilancia Designs
Bilancia Designs

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Cozy Cottage,

I use a Canon Rebel xsi.

Trina

debbie bailey said...

Your photos are so cool, and the hydrangeas are beautiful! I need to plant more. I just have one. It's hard to grow them this far south as the heat and humidity are hard on them. Mine is solid blue and so pretty. I've enjoyed your blog so much.

eddieross said...

Endless Summer, what an apropos name for these bathing beauties!
A great post, as always. Hope you all are well.
xo E + J

CIELO said...

I have been here over a half hour reading your blog and could stay longer... such inspiring blog you have. And those hydrangeas are just amazing... do tell what part of the NW you are? I am in the NW too but I can never grow them here... just dreamy.

Cielo

Jennings and Gates said...

Your post made me laugh. Yes, they do look relaxed floating around in the tub. Great photos!

Anonymous said...

Love the post!

Rosie_13 said...

Love, love, love your Hydrangeas. Did you know they now have a red hydrangea? I haven't got one planted yet, but it looks to be a stunning and vibrant red. How big are the blooms on the Pee Gee? My nursey had some but they were sad-looking and I got distracted by the multi-coloured lace tops!

Lancaster PA Shutters said...

lovely flowers.

Dianne said...

The hydrangeas are lovely...but little Margaret is stunning!

janice15 said...

SO PRETTY AND THEY DO LOOK RELAXED HAPPY FRIDAY

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

I've really enjoyed your Hydrangeas throughout the months. I've never seen any as beautiful as yours. I would have never thought of putting them in the tub, but I guess it works. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful flower that alot of people can't grow.

RAENOVATE said...

these photos are GORGEOUS. at first i thought they were renderings. ty planted me 4 hydrangeas in our backyard this summer, 3 of them have really taken off. i'm looking forward to your autumnal posts. i'll be road-tripping from san fran to seattle in the second half of october and can't wait to experience west coast fall.

Debra Hall said...

beautiful and so inspiring!! Love your blog....

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Tak for kigget.

designchic said...

I love hydrangeas, and have planted several varieties over the last few years. Love your gorgeous ones!!

The Little Red Shop said...

: )

Julie M.

Keep Smiling Katherine said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful flowers! And your tub has helped me decide on what kind of hardware to get for my own clawfoot!

Keep Smiling Katherine said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful flowers! And your clawfoot tub pic has helped me decide on hardware for my own clawfoot! So...thanks!

carrots said...

I love your blog! and hydrangeas as well! I have had the climbing one for four years and it is oh! so slow! Hope yours does better than mine!

trumatter said...

Okay Trina, I'm completely smitten by your blog. And I cant stop reading it. Right from your style of writing to your photographs- its seriously good.

nnn said...

wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

I learned several years ago that hydrangeas not only drink from their stems, but also from their heads. It's a tried and true fact. Hydra, is the japanese word for 'water bowl". This means that they thrive on water. You can soak the entire cutting in a tub or outside sink and they will last much longer when you bring them inside. This is also true for fresh magnolia leaves. I put them in a bathtub of water and cover with a wet beach towel to hold them underwater.
Also, I've found in lower Alabama, that it helps to plant hydrangeas them on the south or east side of your home. They prefer morning sun and afternoon shade.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Loved this post, I adore hydrangeas and they look so 'happy' havinga soak. Really love your blog, it's a breath of fresh air.

Sharon

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