Two great ‘finds’ I want to share.

First,  a great book on Hydrangeas.

                                                                            Not a textbook of different cultivars and breeding crosses but one that addresses the basic  questions about  pruning, drying, cutting, planting , fertilizing etc. THE COLORFUL WORLD OF HYDRANGEAS by Joan Harrison deserves a space in every garden  library.

Second, I just discovered  the very best container  for gathering fresh stems.


                                                                                      Three compartments…


 and a comfortable carrying handle. Just one of the items available from

I found several useful items here, maybe you will too. Did you notice the  lilies? ….These are Lilium rubrum.