Keep your hydrangea for the whole winter. Dried hydrangea has a different look to fresh, the colours will change, the flower will shrink, but the beauty remains.
At this time of year the mottled and speckled blooms look especially good when preserved, the patina of weathering through the summer only adds to their charm.
There are two methods to choose from when drying your hydrangea.
The water method or the air method.
Some say the water method keeps the blooms and their colours stronger. You may have inadvertently mastered this method if you’ve just kept delaying tossing out your lovely hydies until they are dry in the vase. We tend to use this method ourselves.
The water method.
Place hydes in vase of water, covering at least half their stems. Make sure there’s no leaves down there!
Move to a place where the vase is shaded from direct sunlight. Then simply wait. Most likely the hydrangeas will be fully dried by the time they drink the water out of the vase – so there’s no need to top up the water. If the water gets mouldy or goopy, then refresh it for sure, otherwise just leave and wait.
The air method.
Hang each individual stem in a shaded position. Bunching the hyde will work too, but you’ll get a more compressed result.
Great if you’re in a hurry, gorgeous if you’ve got the space to leave them hanging too.