Anyone else a hydrangea fanatic?
I get it! Hydrangeas are so abundant in the garden, and when cut and brought indoors, they sure make a presence!
There’s one other way though that will have your hydrangeas lasting year around… and that is to dry them. However, there is a trick to drying so you can achieve wilt-free blooms.
I actually came across this technique by accident.
Vivienne from The V Spot shared her version of how she dries hydrangeas with a water technique.
After I read her post, I burst out laughing. See, I’d have mine in water and promptly forget about them, later realizing how fantastic they still looked even though all the water was LONG gone!
Leave it to Vivienne to explain why! 🙂
I’m glad she explained it, because now we ALL can have beautiful hydrangeas within our reach any time of year!
How to dry hydrangeas to achieve wilt-free petals
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What you’ll need
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1. Pick hydrangeas in the fall.
Leave the blooms intact on the bush until the blooms start to go slightly crispy and some even brown. You want most of the moisture out of the petals.. this is key.
Tip: if you pick your hydrangeas in summer, they’re generally one color. Wait till fall and you end up with an amazing rainbow of soft hues. The above yield was from one bush!
2. Cut the stems as long as you can so you have more variation with arranging them later.
3. Place the stems in water in a shady spot indoors, then leave them be until the water dries up.
4. Hide the water buckets inside a crate or basket so they look decorative indoors while drying.
I mean… isn’t that just gorgeous?!
I love how the sun came out right at this time, casting a beautiful late afternoon highlight.
Aren’t all those fall hues amazing?
5. If you can, leave the hydrangeas in the very container they dried in as-is, as the petals will slightly droop into that given position.
They can be moved, clipped and located elsewhere, however they become very brittle once dry, so the less movement the better.
Free flowers to play with for the rest of the year? – priceless. Literally!
Now… how to get all those blooms in the first place?
Now, what to do with them? Here’s a few projects I’ve done with mine….
Are you also a hydrangea fanatic? Any tips of your own?