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The Origin of Hydrangeas and the Importance of Flowers in Life

Welcome to the "Vico delle Ortensie" ,the flower-lined avenue of our agriturismo, a place where nature manifests in all its beauty and variety. Today, I want to share with you the fascinating history of hydrangeas and the importance flowers hold in our daily lives.

#### Hydrangeas: A Journey Through History and Geography

Hydrangeas, known scientifically as *Hydrangea*, are plants native to Asia and the Americas. Their name derives from the Greek "hydor" (water) and "angeion" (vessel), referring to the shape of their fruits, which resemble small water containers. Hydrangeas were introduced to Europe in the 18th century and quickly became popular for their beauty and ability to bloom in a wide range of colors, from white to pink to blue.

One of the most fascinating characteristics of hydrangeas is their ability to change color based on soil pH. In acidic soil, the flowers tend to turn blue, while in alkaline soil, they take on pink or red hues. This peculiarity makes them not only aesthetically appealing but also symbols of versatility and adaptability.

#### The Importance of Flowers in Daily Life

Flowers have always held a special role in human life, serving as decorative elements and symbols of deep emotions and meanings. They are present in our most important celebrations, from weddings to funerals, accompanying us in moments of joy and sorrow.

Hydrangeas, in particular, symbolize gratitude, grace, and abundance. Giving a hydrangea means expressing feelings of appreciation and thankfulness. Additionally, their beauty and vibrant colors can positively affect our mood, contributing to a relaxing and harmonious environment.

#### A Corner of Paradise at Vico delle Ortensie

At Borgo Segine, the "Vico delle Ortensie" represents a corner of paradise where our guests can stroll, relax, and be enchanted by the beauty of nature. Besides hydrangeas, we have also planted lilies, another fascinating and fragrant flower that further enriches the atmosphere of the avenue.

Lilies, known as lilium, are symbols of purity and nobility. Their presence in our avenue adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, creating a perfect contrast with the hydrangeas and offering a variety of colors and scents that make every walk a unique sensory experience.

#### Curiosities and Tips for Caring for Hydrangeas

To conclude, here are some curiosities and tips on caring for hydrangeas:

1. **Soil Acidity**: If you desire blue hydrangeas, add acidic substances like aluminum sulfate to the soil. For pink hydrangeas, increase the soil's alkalinity with lime.

2. **Watering**: Hydrangeas love water but avoid waterlogging. Regular and well-distributed watering will help your plants grow lush.

3. **Pruning**: Prune hydrangeas in autumn or spring to promote abundant flowering. Remove old and damaged branches to stimulate the growth of new shoots.

We invite you to visit the "Vico delle Ortensie" and let yourself be carried away by the magic of flowers. Whether it's a morning stroll or a moment of relaxation at sunset, our avenue is the perfect place to rediscover the beauty and tranquility of nature.


I hope this article has offered you an interesting overview of hydrangeas and the importance of flowers in our lives. Relais Borgo Segine look forward to welcoming you to our agriturismo to share the beauty and serenity of the "Vico delle Ortensie" with you.

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