Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers, they have abundant heads of large blooms which come in a variety of eye-catching colours through the seasons, from candy pinks and fresh whites in the summer, through to rustic reds and dusky blues in the winter. The beauty of hydrangeas is that they can look just as attractive when dried as when fresh, The other perk of dried hydrangeas is that they are a cheaper alternative to faux flowers. So how do you dry them? It's easier than you think.
The best time to dry hydrangeas is later on in the season from August to October when the petals feel a bit more 'chalky' and the larger petals are just beginning to fade.
There are two main ways to dry Hydrangea, the first is the water method. Remove the leaves and place the stems in a vase or bucket of water making sure the stems are at least half covered in the water. Ensure the flowers are out of direct sunlight in a cool spot. Don't add more water, just simply, allow the Hydrnageas to dry naturally. The water will completely evaporate and by this point the petals should be dry to touch and ready to use.
The other method is to air dry. Simply hang your Hydrangea flowers upside down by their stems in a spot which is dry and cool. Ideally hang the flowers individually rather than in a big bunch. I used this method for the Hydrangeas in the picture above and they are still going strong and retaining their colour eight months later.
If you fancy getting creative with Hydrangeas come along to our Hydrangea Wreath Workshop on 20th October www.podandpip.co.uk for more details.