The passing of the seasons is largely marked by the phases of my hydrangeas. The budding in early spring, the cornflower blue of mid-summer, the pruning chores of early winter and my favorite, the deep red blush of autumn. A time when the tips of the petals turn a rusty hue and the blooms last for ages when arranged in a vase.
It’s just starting in this photo:
It’s a game of chance though, as the longer the blooms stay on the bush, the rustier they get. However, if the temperature dips below freezing, then everything turns to mush.
I’ll try to pay attention to the weather forecast and harvest big bouquets of flowers when the threat of frost is upon us. But for now, I’ll just enjoy them in their natural habitat.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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