For a few years now I've been experimenting with drying hydrangeas. I haven't found it to be too hard but I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas
In both of these pictures that I'm showing, you can see flowers on the shrubs that are both new and older.
The color of the flower starts to shift as they age and
that's when you can start cutting them for drying.
|Endless Summer Hydrangea|
They do loose a bit of color...
These are examples of how the flower changes it's
looks and a prime time to cut them
I let these go a little further to get a more dramatic
color change. Initially these were put in a vase of
water- once they stop drinking- dump the water and
let them finish drying.
|Annabelle Hydrangeas Aug.8, 2012|
The Annabelle Hydrangeas are a bit different in how their heads form, so I decided to try hanging them to dry. I wanted their heads to still look full and was afraid if I left them in a vase to dry they would collapse. I also noticed they don't make a good cut flower- they don't seem to drink up the water so I waited for them to shift before I cut them.
They dried nicely and kept a good green color.
|August 17, 2012|
I chose a planter to put them in so the stems would be hidden. I put styrofoam in the bottom to poke the stems into and stuffed some moss around the stems to finish the look. I hope to dry some of the white flowers from the Limelights and add them in for a little more contrast
but that will be weeks away.
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