Flower of the Month of August

01 August 2017

HYDRANGEA

 

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COLOURS AND SHAPES

In the first half of the year you can see red, pink, purple, white, green and blue hydrangeas, as well as hydrangeas which combine several colours. In the second half of the year there are the ‘colour-changed’ flowers. These hydrangeas have a green, red, brown tone - perfect for autumn and winter - and are good for drying. There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to shape. You can choose single or double flowered varieties, globe-shaped hydrangeas, hydrangeas with small flowers in the middle and large petals on the edge (edge bloomers) or hydrangeas with a plume shape. What a range to choose from!


SYMBOLISM

The hydrangea is bursting with symbolism. The flower represents gratitude, grace and beauty. It also radiates abundance because of the lavish number of flowers and the generous round shape. The hydrangea’s colours symbolise love, harmony and peace. So it’s perfect for use in a luxurious floral arrangement for weddings and birthdays, but equally suitable for an outstanding memorial bouquet.

ORIGIN

The hydrangea that you find in flower shops has Asian and South American roots. This mood creator was brought to Europe on the first Dutch East Indies Company ships. Interesting fact: the name hydrangea comes from ‘hydro’ (water) and ‘angeion’ (pitcher), because the hydrangea’s shape is reminiscent of an old water pitcher. Although you need quite a lot of imagination to see it.

Flower of the Month of August