This past week found me having to clear off and set up a desk that had long been buried under magazines and other random items from around the apartment. I had *actual* non-computer work to do, and finally needed to stop procrastinating and get serious...
These hydrangea were a gift which ended up keeping me company on my desk (I know, the water is low), along with another vase full of the green leaves from the previous week's hellebores. Rather than being a distraction, the simple green and white helped keep my focus at the desk and provided a small place for my eyes to have a rest - something I realized I don't do often enough. The hydrangea are simple from a distance but intricate upon close inspection, and my eyes never tired of tracing their individual contours, finding the odd fleck of brown or the white beachball-shaped floret centers.
I decided to bring a flower to work for the same reason (you'll see later today), and it turned out to be a great way to take a few second break from the computer screen.
Here are the hydrangea tips I received this past week: Hydrangeas can get a fresh cut, but never trim the stems too short - they need most of their stem length to last well in the vase. They perform best when the bottom of the stems are smashed and the outer skin is scraped off (until you see the white color show through) for about the first inch. A good soak in some hot tap water before putting them into cold vase water will help them hydrate (thanks, Remco!).