If you’ve ever grown hydrangeas, you know they crave one element more than any others: water. With “hydra” as part of their name, you can probably guess they are not drought-tolerant plants. Plus, their shallow root systems lose moisture quickly. On average, hydrangeas need water at least every other day, and deep watering once/week.
BUT…some varieties can do better in the hot, rainless, dog days of summer than others. Try these Zone 3-8 options:
So if you’re in the market for hydrangeas—but worry about watering needs—choose panicle varieties like these. Then relax on your porch, deck or garden bench and enjoy the show!
If you’re a seasoned party host, you dread that doorbell about 15 minutes before the first guest is due to arrive. Why? Because it’s 15 minutes before the first guest is supposed to arrive, and you’re in the zone! You’re mentally checking off to-do items, tidying up the kitchen, checking your lipstick, and generally attempting to adopt a serene look that says, “We were just sitting around, sipping champagne, killing time.” *DING-DONG* will clang all over your forced serenity.
To adapt smoothly to early guests, I leave a few easy chores undone. That way, when your early guest asks, “How can I help?” …you’re ready to assign these duties.
Not every party guest is comfortable milling about, making small talk at party kickoff. This is a great time to let them:
During the party, an antsy or bored guest might need a job. They might like to:
When the party starts to wind down, but a few guests linger in deep conversation, a spouse/partner/child might need a task to stay engaged. Consider letting them:
Bottom line: A great host can do it all, no help needed. But a savvy host is always ready to engage guests in every situation, ensuring each attendee feels welcomed and appreciated from the first DING-DONG!
A Michigan farm girl transplanted to the South offering hospitality hacks.