Today I want to introduce you to Anna, another talented blogger from across the pond. She is the person behind the blog Anna International and she is going to share How To Dry Hydrangeas with you today. I don't know about you, but I sure could use this tutorial. But first I need to learn how to GROW hydrangeas, one of my favourite flowers outdoors in the garden and indoors to decorate with.
So without further ado, take it away Anna...
Hi, there readers! My name is Anna and I blog over at Anna International about my adventures renovating an 1870s miners cottage in rural Yorkshire in England. I also share DIYs and crafts, recipes, and when I manage to get away - my travels. I'd love for you to pop over and say hello sometime.
Back to today - I'm here guest-posting for Marie whilst she is recovering, and I'm sending lots of positive healing vibes her way. In fact, I've got her some flowers! Hydrangeas to be precise.
They are some of my absolute favourite blooms, I love the pretty variety in colour that you get. My Mum, a keen gardener, has always told me that it is the soil pH that determines the colour of the flowers, but now that I am living in Yorkshire I am starting to doubt that a little. I have never seen so many hydrangeas in gardens as I have here - nearly every cottage has one in its garden or in a pot on their tiny bit of pavement. Some of the cottages are so tiny and squashed together the gardens all blend into one sometimes, and you've guessed it - they come in a wild array of colours even in seemingly the same soil.
Hydrangeas are rather tricky ones to dry, but I was keen to try because I thought a few dotted around the cottage would be just the thing to get me through the dark, grey and gloomy Yorkshire winter. I was planning on pinching a few from nearby gardens (with permission of course!), Luckily a few weekends ago my boyfriend, the dogs and I went to the island of Anglesey in North Wales to stay at his parent's place, which happily is surrounded by hydrangeas (look at this beautiful view out of the window down to the sea). I picked as many as I could fit in the car, a mix of purple, blue, pink, green and white.
When I got home I did some internet research on drying hydrangeas which led me to many different resources and differing views. I was hoping simply to hang them like you would roses, but that was the one thing most people seemed to agree you should NOT do! From all the resources, a few pointers kept coming up again and again so I decided to follow them and hope for the best.
Here's what I did:
- Pick them at the end of the season, when they are already starting to dry out naturally. (This was a happy accident in my case!)
- Cut the stems straight across, not on an angle.
- Place the stems in a wide vase so they are not crushed, and add about 1 inch of water to the bottom.
- Allow this water to dry out and do not replace.
- Leave unattended for 3-4 weeks.
Following these tips, my hydrangeas have dried into a beautiful permanent floral enhancement of my home. They have retained their glorious colours though just a little faded, and although the petals are dry, they are not too fragile.
I hope one day to use some petals in a DIY, or maybe pick some more locally before they disappear and make a big wreath.
For now, I am just admiring them brightening my desk!
I would love to hear if you've had any success drying hydrangeas, what you did with the dried flowers, and if you've ever visited Yorkshire!
Yes please to enjoying that delicious cappuccino while admiring your pretty hydrangeas. While you're at it Anna, I'll take that gorgeous purple side table off your hands too!
Many thanks for helping me out during my recovery - it is appreciated more than you know. I appreciate you sharing these helpful tips with my readers today!
I would love it if you shared some love with Anna over on her blog at Anna International. How lucky is she to live in a cottage from the 1870's. That in itself is worth a visit!