Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder

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It’s harvesting hydrangeas season! And you know what that means, right? My sad, tired patio landed some forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder.

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This is what I had moments before.

Before / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
You might say I forgot to care for this bucket of flowers.

So I’ve been having coffee each morning on the patio, avoiding looking in this direction. 

Harvesting fall hydrangeas / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

So when I spotted this big prune fest of hydrangeas going on next door, you can bet I put a stop to that right quick!

Harvesting fall hydrangeas / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Harvesting fall hydrangeas / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Harvesting fall hydrangeas / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

I casually waltzed (sprinted) on over there and asked (begged) if I could have the pruned cuts. 

I’ve figured out the drill well next door. When Jake and Janette prune, you run. You run fast.

So I grabbed every bucket I had on hand, and filled them with flowers and water. It’s looking pretty grand by my front door right at this moment.

I thought I’d take some bunches to the Crafty Affaire Harvest Market on the weekend… and maybe I will. But then the brainstorm hit. My poor patio was about to get a new outfit.

Metal milk pail / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Metal milk pail / Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Grabbing the buckets I had in my stash, (some for sale on the weekend… sob), they got tied to the ladder with twine.

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A bowl of water was placed inside each container. This will help the hydrangeas dry wilt free. More on how to dry hydrangeas is HERE.

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KABOOM. Instant gorgeousness!

Amazing, abundant multicoloured hydrangeas that will dry just like this. That I don’t need to water! It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
And because I couldn’t stop snapping pictures…

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Forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder and how to dry  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

My forever beautiful buckets of hydrangeas on a ladder are perfect!

And now I can enjoy my AM coffee without having to avoid a certain ladder.

Hydrangeas on a fireplace mantel in baskets  /  via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Hydrangeas on a fireplace mantel

Here’s what I did with my own hydrangeas last year.

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Dried hydrangeas in a dresser

And here’s what I did with Jake and Janette’s hydrangeas last year.

I do believe doing something over the top with hydrangeas is going to become a tradition!

If I continue to sprint fast enough…

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So you have any hydrangeas ready to harvest yet? What do you like doing with them?

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  1. If this isn’t the most gorgeousness one ladder can hold, I don’t know what is!

  2. Wowsers! What a haul. I was just eyeing my hydrangea yesterday and thinking I need to harvest those blooms. I did last year and I am still enjoying them in my home, they reside in an ironstone bowl on my coffee table. Love the bucket and ladder idea. I may have to “borrow” it.

  3. I absolutely love dried hydrangeas! My bush let me down this year (probably pruned it at wrong time last year) so I am envious of your haul. They are beautiful!!!

  4. I can’t believe how many different colors of flowers there are on that one bush. What kind neighbors you have. Do you fix up a special little bouquet for them as a “Thank You”? Lucky Girl!

  5. Donna, I am SO, SO, SO VERY jealous of your hydrangeas! My absolute most fave flowers and it’s too hot to grow them here — but I try! My bushes peak in late May with flower heads about the size of a softball. One day I will live where I can grow them like Jake & Janette…Peace.

  6. I’ve never seen hydrangeas with such a gorgeous array of colors like Vancouver has – the last time I was there I wanted to cut a bunch from peoples gardens to take home ( to Montreal )
    I settled for driftwood instead lol
    Unbelievably gorgeous – in the buckets – AND on your mantel
    XOXO

  7. I was disappointed when my bushes didn’t bloom in time for my granddaughter Kate’s wedding in July. We spent a small fortune buying them for her wedding. Now, here in middle Tennessee, my bushes are blooming! I dried so many from Kate’s wedding for various projects. I have to share the funniest thing concerning my dried hydrangeas. I had placed a basket on my back porch on a table, only to find one of my leghorn hens using it for a NEST! She would only lay her eggs in that basket and did so for weeks, until the two kittens took it over for themselves! So, who doesn’t love the hydrangea! I am looking out the window as I type at my neighbor’s beautiful white bush that they will be pruning soon. I guess I will take a dozen fresh eggs over in exchange for her dried flowers! Happy pruning y’all.