Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hydrangea Drying

It was 50 degrees when I arose this morning!  The calendar says twenty or so days until autumn but the weather says "autumn has arrived".  I thought it best to bring in a few lace cap hydrangeas to dry and enjoy over the winter.  There are a number of techniques for drying these lovely flowers.  Mine is very simple.  Cut them from the bush, remove the green leaves and plop them in a vase.  No water!  I just sit them where they are to "bloom" over the winter and that's it.  As they dry, more of the flowers will turn a rusty pink.


This is a favorite vase in which to display the dried arrangement.  If you click on the photo below, you will see tiny dancers cavorting around the vase.  I purchased it at the Virginia Artisans' shop which used to be just off I-64 next to the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Alas, it is no longer there.  I'm not sure if it is a different location or if it closed.  I loved having that source for purchasing wonderful pieces by Virginia artists.



Sending prayers and comforting thoughts to all of you who are going through the wild fires in Texas and the deluge of rain, wind and tornadoes that are wreaking havoc around the country.  Be safe!


24 comments:

  1. I adore it when the hydrangea's change from their normal colour into that rusty colour, it's simply my favourite colour ever!... I leave them to do that on the bush and they colour the garden through the autumn... lovely idea to bring them into the house x

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  2. I have never heard of lace cap hydrangeas! A friend of Phils told him about his neighbor, who bought a flower drying oven machine for his wife. $6,000.00!!! She had wanted to sell dried flowers. The business never got off the ground. Gosh, I know you can dry them by just doing nothing, I don't know why someone would buy this! I used to love to go to the Artisan's place! Years ago, it moved to the Willow Oak Plaza and was really nice, just a few blocks from me. But then they suffered from lack of patronage and moved out. They still have a viable website, but I don't know where they are located now. It doesn't say on the website, and they don't answer the phone! The vase is lovely!

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  3. The hydrangeas are pretty! It's cool and rainy here today:@)

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  4. That is super, Bonnie. I have never tried to dry flowers ---well, at least for many years. I used to think it was very hard... You made this look easy...

    Love your dried hydrangeas... Awesome!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. That's how I do them..Yours are lovely in that pretty vase..
    Me too..thinking of the fire victims..and flood victims in areas here:(

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  6. One of my favorite places to visit - here!

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  7. I still have my hydrangea from last year. This year my flowers were not very attractive I am afraid there will be nothing to dry this year. Enjoy your lovely blooms throughout the seasons.

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  8. I love the photo you have in your blog header. I also love hydrangeas and will use the tips you've shared with us. I'm sorry to have been so negligent lately but things have gotten very busy around here. I hope all is well and that you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Your vase and hydrangeas are beautiful. And, thank you so much for the prayers. It is really sad down this way. We need rain. blessings ~ tanna

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  10. I am enjoying this delicious change in the weather.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. I'm catching up on my blogs after a work marathon over the holiday weekend. Our stormy weather caused many babies to come forth! I have heard of your cool temperatures, and after this storm system, I just checked out the door and it was cool! Wonderfully! I love how hydrangeas dry so nicely. Great idea just to dry them in the vase you will enjoy them in all winter!

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  12. Never thought to use the dried hydrangea in the house but such a fantastic idea. I love the dried color of the petals. You make it look so easy drying them. I will have to give this a shot

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  13. beautiful vase and thanks for the tip on drying the flowers, i thought they had to hang upside down in the garage for a while. i like dried flowers, so thanks

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  14. I love having a large bouquet of dried hydrangeas on the buffet through the winter. Its so hot here that the flowers are almost dried when I cut them.

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  15. This is feeling like an apocalypse, isn't it? When Michele Bachman said God was angry because of big government, I was horrified. I think if there was any reason to be angry it would be for what we are doing to the planet. This is the payback –– if you want to think of it that way.

    On a happier note... beautiful hydrangeas.

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  16. The weather has really turned around; we had frost last night. you hydrangeas are just beautiful!
    I remember doing this; what fun!
    Rita

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  17. That vase would certainly be very close to my heart too ;o)

    I used to love this flowering shrub in my garden as well...and having them preserved for a winter scene in my home was doubled pleasure ;)

    I do wonder if those petals can be edible? Candied maybe?

    Have a great weekend Bonnie.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  18. Thank you for the prayers...we need them! Austin was covered in smoke today. I wish it would cool down...but for now, I'll live vicariously through you. Thank you for sharing these beautiful dried blooms. Much love!

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  19. I never realized that drying flowers was so easy! I'm sure these will be such a pleasant reminder of summer once we're in the depths of winter.

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  20. How delicate and beautiful and to think you will enjoy this all winter. Pink and green together is soothing to the eye.

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  21. Hydrangea's have become my one of my favorite summer flowers! We just planted some Little Lamb and Pinky Winky hydrangea's this summer - they are stunning!

    Mary

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  22. The cool weather has felt great - except for the windy ones over Labor Day when I was out golfing and freezing! I'm going to be cutting some hydrangeas to bring indoors soon also but my Limelight is still too beautiful to cut.

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