Fresh Cut Hydrangeas

Boy! It feels great to be back home in our routine after a wonderful (but exhausting) vacation in Wisconsin. I’m a creature of habit and being out of my own home for so long really takes a toll on me mentally and physically. We also had some unexpected travel drama so needless to say I slept nearly 12 hours our first night home and have been taking extra care to have quiet time this last week.

To help us get back into the swing of things we stopped by Trader Joe’s and Costco on the way back from the airport. Of course we stocked up with delicious, healthy food, but what I’m most excited about are the fresh flowers I picked out at Trader Joe’s.

After the long car ride home my beautiful flowers weren’t looking so great and I set out to find out how to help them bounce back. I knew some folks were able to keep hydrangeas looking gorgeous for long periods of time, but what magic did they have up their sleeve?

The best advice (and easiest!) I came across said to submerge the blooms in water for up to 45 minutes. That felt too long for me so I trimmed the stems under water at an angle and went for 15 minutes of soak time. Let me tell you, it worked! Those blooms bounced right back and here we are an entire week later and they’re more beautiful than they were to start with!

Aren’t they gorgeous? They’re exactly the breath of fresh air our family room needed. I’m curious to see how long they’ll last. I’ve never had flowers look BETTER after a week than when I got them. Do you have any green thumb tips to share for keeping cut flowers fresh?

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