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September 3, 2020

Depending on your intentions the hydrangea is a rather risky flower to give to someone; and not only because of this plant’s inherent levels of cyanide.

Its plentiful blooms have had some totally contradictory meanings over the years and their symbolism varies wildly depending the their colour and when in history you are residing.
IMG_9142_20-09-02_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Hydrengea.jpg The hydrangea originates from the Far East and an ancient Japanese legend says that they symbolise heartfelt apology and regret, after an Emperor gave the flowers to the family of a girl whom he loved but had failed to give enough attention to.

They were first introduced to the British Isles when botanist Joseph Banks gifted a hydrangea to Kew Gardens in 1788 but despite their beauty they were soon considered by some in a less than favourable light.
IMG_9287_20-09-02_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Hydrengea.jpg During the 1800s white flowered hydrangeas were symbolic of bragging and boastfulness, possibly due to the plant having bountiful blooms but producing only a tiny number of seeds.

Meanwhile blue hydrangeas were considered a sign of frigidity with some rather unsporting gentlemen gifting the flowers to ladies who had turned down their affectionate advances.

Today by contrast hydrangeas have come to signify more optimistic emotions with pink flowers gesturing romance and marriage and purple hue symbolising wealth and prosperity.

Far from being boastful, white flowers now exemplify mindfulness and purity and so it seems appropriate that we encountered this hydrangea while sipping on some Broken Clock in a shaded corner of a country garden.

After all, we created our vodka to be enjoyed neat – in its purest form – and in just such an idyllic location, where slow pleasures abound and time itself seems to stand still.