With fall officially in season one thinks of pumpkins, apple picking, and fall decor. It is also time to think about drying your beautiful hydrangea blossoms that you have been enjoying all summer so that you can continue to enjoy them indoors during the winter months! Don’t risk the looming first frost that could happen any day now and cause you to lose these beautiful blossoms!
Best time to cut blossoms for drying
I live in the midwest and have found the best time to cut the blossoms off my hydrangeas for drying is the end of September. I can always tell when they are ready because the blossom changes from the purple/light pink color of summer to a green/vibrant pink color. I try not to wait later than the end of September because the first frost will destroy the blossom.
How to dry hydrangeas
Unlike many other flowers you don’t want to dry these upside down (it will destroy the flower and not keep it’s natural shape). I find placing the cuttings in a short, wide mouth vase like you would normally arrange cut flowers without water works best. You also want to make sure you take off all the leaves.
How to incorporate dried hydrangeas into your decor
I love using dried hydrangeas in my home decor because they keep their fullness and natural shape. Unlike other flowers that drastically change after drying (peonies or roses for example), dried hydrangeas look almost the same as the day you cut them. If you touch them however they will turn brittle and they are very fragile. My favorite feature of dried hydrangeas is that they keep their beautiful color! It is such a cheery addition to the decor especially in the middle of February! I typically keep my dried hydrangeas in the glass vases I dry them in and have them placed on my fireplace mantle, book shelves, and console table.
Hydrangeas are such a wonderful plant because they give us beautiful blooms all summer long and if dried properly we can continue to enjoy these beautiful blooms even in winter!