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I have been lucky enough to get away for a few days by the sea in St Mawes. High Summer and school holidays means of course that the roads are jammed, and the weather offers the full English, sunshine and rain. Yet somehow St Mawes takes the onslaught of people and weather in its stride and remains charming in a rather old fashioned, Ladybird book, kind of way.
The garden of the place I stayed in was groaning with rain full mop head hydrangeas.
To ease access to the door and to enjoy them in a vase , I brought a few in the house.

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Hydrangea are everywhere you look in Cornwall and they thrive. It is not uncommon to see them in wonderful shades of blue, thanks to the soil but these are the softest shades of creamy green opening to pink. Placed in a blue pitcher with a wooden bouy to demonstrate the seaside location.

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They may be rather old fashioned for some yet they offer abundant flowers which stay on the plant in skeleton form until early Spring. They are tough and enjoy a temperate climate putting up with the salt air of the coast.

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If you have the space I think Hydrangeas have a great deal to offer. Each head is formed of multiple flowers, each one doing it’s own thing, a bit of green here, a smudge of cream there, freckled pink over here.

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Cathy will have a vase to share with you as well. Take a look at her blog https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/i08/10/in-a-vase-on-monday–ain’t-no-mountain