It’s all started from Hydrangea …

I have always been getting my hands on artificial flower arrangements till 1 day a friend of mine requested a bridal bouquet of FRESH  Hydrangea flowers for her wedding vows renewal. The first thing came to mind was it should be easy cos Hydrangea comes with big petals of flowers and all I need to do is bunch them up and tie it with a ribbon. Call me naive, thinking it is as easy as “ABC” not even doing a bit of homework to get to know the flower care. I end up worrying how to maintain the flower condition till the following day. It was the most stressful moment of my life as I need to deliver the bouquet in a fresh looking bouquet and not a wilted bouquet. I try all sorts of ways to maintain till the next day. The bouquet lasted till the ceremony.

After the incident, it came to mind why not take up a florist course.This is when our baby Touch of Love Florist & Gifts is born, August 2016.

Occasionally, I do have orders for Hydrangea. Am I fearful in handling it? I would say no, once you know the techniques it will be well maintained for a couple of days.

 

About the Flower
First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower.

With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s color ranges from white, blue, pink, purple, green, red.

The meaning behind the flower,
Gratitude and honesty. Showing someone how much you appreciate them
Deep understanding between people. To friends, family or couples
4th wedding anniversary gift.
Abundance & wealth

 

Flower Tips
Step 1. Cut stems at 45 degree angle. Than cut about 1 inch directly up into the center of the stem, splitting it into two pieces. This will help the flower to draw water up into the stem and towards the petals

Step 2. Put cut stems in water right away. Add flower food into the vase to slow fungi and bacteria growth..

Step 3. Once per day, gently mist petals with a spray bottle.

Step 4. Change vase water often. Flowers don’t want to drink bacteria-water. Lift your stems out of the vase and repeat Step1 and 2.

And if the blooms start to wilt, shock them back by dunking the whole flower head in warm water for a 30-45 minutes. This will helps it’s petals to hydrate back.