Don’t you just love hydrangeas?
They are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden.
I have them in every nook and cranny where there is dappled sunlight.
They also make such great flowers to dry and use indoors.
When I was in college in Virginia, we had a hydrangea bush outside our dorm room window that was the size of a Volkswagen bug.
That grand old hydrangea just loved life right there on the quad.
(On a side note, I miss life on the quad. Raise your hand if you think your college years were the best??!)
But these beauties also seem to love the Great Lakes region where I live now.
Almost every gardener I know has them in their yard and finds them to be low maintenance.
I’ve had a few friends ask me recently how I dry mine.
I feel a little like a fraud devoting a whole post to this topic because, in all honesty, there isn’t much to it!
I’ve read some very detailed articles over the years that make it look so complicated.
Maybe I’ve just gotten lucky, but here is all I do to dry the hydrangeas from my yard.
5 Tips for Drying Hydrangeas
- I try to cut mine before they start to lose their color. Doesn’t always work, but I don’t sweat it if a few blossoms are turning gold or brown. It just gives the dried flower a little contrast.
- What has worked best for me is to cut them when the sun is NOT overhead. A cloudy day works too.
- As soon as I cut them, I drop the stem in to a little bucket of water I carry with me.
- Once I have the flowers cut, I use this handy little container to dry them in. I fill it about half way up with water and then forget about it! As the water evaporates, the hydrangeas slowly dry. One reason I think it works so well is the top has a frog built in. It keeps the stems separated while they are drying.
- Our dining room lighting is fairly subdued. One of the only times I’m grateful that it doesn’t have a lot of natural light is when I’m drying flowers. No bright light to make the color fade!
While it is tempting to try to refill the water in the vase, don’t do it!
With a little patience, your blooms will be fabulous…
And you will find so many places you can use them during the long, grey days of winter.
While I’ve never tried it myself, I know other gardeners spray the blooms once they are dried with preservative or even hair spray. Truthfully, I’ve never find it to be necessary.
That’s all there is to it!
Easy peasey right y’all?
Do y’all have any tips for drying hydrangeas?
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