The Amazing Dahlias have begun to arrive early this year, along with the Perfectly Good Dahlias.
The amazing ones are grown by a hobbyiest whose neighbor harvests for him and brings them to Market. Otherwise, they would live and die in obscurity.
A little lesson:
HYDRANGEA: from the Greek 'hudor' meaning 'water' and 'angeion' meaning vessel
Wary hydrangea lovers eye our local selection and tell sad stories about how the flowers they've cut at home wilted right away. So, here's a nearly fool-proof way to enjoy this year's bumper crop from your own yard: as the above definition implies, the secret is WATER and lots of it. Take a tall, full bucket out to the shrub. Cut the stems of the hydrangea and drop them immediately into the water. When it comes time to put them in a vase, fill the vase to the very top and add your stems. Keep that water level high. Also, as the month of August goes by, the Nikko Blue begins to harden off a little, which makes it hardier. By late September, Hydrangea is ready to pluck and dry, or put it in a vase of water and let it dry there.
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And I'm a sucker for old figurines. I think I'm pretty discerning, but not all would agree.
The following photo doesn't really need a caption.