Adventures Galore (& How to Dry Hydrangeas)

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Adventures galore

an imaginary world

our children’s sandbox

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Wendy/2015

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At our previous home, we had the coolest sandbox I’ve ever seen. My talented husband fashioned it out of huge pieces of driftwood. It even had a built-in bench on the side. Our three children were born during the time we lived at that old country home, and they spent oodles of time exploring an imaginary world within the sandbox their father had made. Often I’d take pictures of them creating sandcastles and miniature towns.

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Recently I  photographed my favorite hydrangea (the one pictured). It’s a special plant because I grew it from cuttings I’d taken from the hydrangea that grew near our children’s sandbox. They never touched the plant because I’d warned them it was poisonous.

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My boys and their lab-cross chased a black bear up a tree, but they never bothered my hydrangea. My daughter fed the neighbor’s horse ferns from our forest, but she never touched the hydrangea.

And so now, each time this plant blooms, I remember the adventures galore our children had within the sandbox of our previous home.

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Adventures Galore Blessings ~ Wendy

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Did your children have a sandbox? Do you have special memories of playing in an imaginary world? Have you got ‘memory plants’ in your garden?

Don’t forget to read the following instructions for drying hydrangea if you need them.

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The secret to drying hydrangea for an indoor display during winter is as follows:

  1. In mid or late September cut a bouquet of hydrangea of equal stem length.
  2. Remove all leaves from the stems, being careful not to break the flowers.
  3. Arrange flowers in a large vase that has several inches of water.
  4. Place arrangement in a spot that has good air circulation and no direct sunlight.
  5. Be aware  that stowaway insects may appear within the bouquet.
  6. Allow the water to evaporate over a week or so. By then the flowers will have dried, and you can move them to a clean empty vase.
  7. Next year simply discard the old bouquet into your compost pile, and start over.

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September 20th I’m switching this blog to http://www.wendylmacdonald.com .

I hope to see you there.

If all goes well my posts should automatically transfer you over.

If not, sign up at the link. I’ll leave this old site up for as long as I think necessary.

You and WordPress have been so good to me.

Thank you. ❤

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35 thoughts on “Adventures Galore (& How to Dry Hydrangeas)

    1. Wanda, thank you so much for asking. Tomorrow morning I’ll post the first one from this blog address, and it should arrive in your e-mail if you’ve signed up here. I had to wait for a few weeks before using this location (according to some tech advice I received). I’m curious how it will go tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll see you then. 🙂 Change always makes me squirm.

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  1. When I was little, which was many moons ago, we would drive to the beach for the day and dad would fill a box with sand, put it in the trunk and bring it home to put in our sandbox in the backyard. One time it came back with little crabs crawling around in it which made an impression on me:) Thanks for another wonderful post Wendy!

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  2. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! We just moved to a new home a few months ago, from the house where we raised our children. I took a few small perennials, but didn’t know I could “transplate” my hydrangea from cuttings! The first thing I went out and bought this summer for the new home was a hydrangea plant. It never flowered, but maybe next summer I’ll be able to use your drying instructions. Lovely photographs.

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  3. Hi Wendy, you have also been blessed with a green thumb. Your bouquet in the vase is so beautiful. And I chuckled at the thought of your children not touching your precious flowers. And I was surprised that your boys chased a black bear up a tree…how brave! Your sandbox memories remind me of the sandbox my children played in for hours. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, dear Tracy. I couldn’t believe they’d chased a bear. It turned out to be a mother and cub. She was not impressed and soon sped back down the tree. The boys returned to the house while our sweet dog kept mama bear busy (no injuries). They never bothered a bear again. I had warned them about the dangers… but boys will be boys. Sigh.

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  4. Oh I love hydrangeas and love to use them dried in floral projects. Yes, my child had a playhouse, a tree house, and a sand box, and I had a huge sand box, it was the beach along the Pacific Ocean and I still remember loving to play in the sand. We were also allowed to use our neighbor’s garage to play in while his dad was away at work, and it was converted in our dramas into all sorts of things. Sadly nowadays, kids don’t use their imaginations for their playtime. They have TV’s and all kinds of other electronic devises. `At least my daughter makes her kids shut all that down at times and insists that they go find something else to do. Loved this post, Wendy! Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  5. Beautiful flowers and bouquet. I did not know hydrangeas were poisonous. Does one have to wear gloves to handle them or is it just if they are ingested? I’ve not tried to grow them because the deer eat everything in sight.

    I never had a sandbox. Your children were certainly blessed to have you and your husband as parents! Hugs and Blessings to you and yours Wendy.

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