One of the benefits of having a butterfly garden is that I have fresh cut flowers in my home all season long. Right now the Limelight Hydrangeas are blooming and look gorgeous. I have 5 plants with a lot of blooms, so a few cut off aren’t noticeable. I put a couple in a ginger jar on my foyer table.
And some smaller ones in a vase on the breakfast table.
I use a simple mixture of 2 quarts warm water, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar.
Remove all of the lower leaves. Leaves sitting in the water will rot and feed bacteria. (I keep a paper towel handy to snatch up any little critters that may come crawling out.)
Cut the stems at an angle to increase the surface that can absorb the water.
Every three days I change the water and re-clip the ends. There’s nothing like fresh flowers!