How To Dry Hydrangeas with Anna International

Today I want to introduce you to Anna, a 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 us. 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 favorite flowers to admire in the garden and decorate with indoors. So without further ado, take it away Anna...

How To Dry Hydrangeas

How To Dry Hydrangeas 

Hi, there readers! My name is Anna and I blog over at Anna International; about my adventures renovating an 1870's 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 some flowers! Hydrangeas to be precise.

They are some of my absolute favorite blooms, I love the pretty variety in color that you get. My Mum, a keen gardener, has always told me that it is the soil pH that determines the color 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 with the gardens all blend into one sometimes, and you've guessed it - they come in a wild array of colors 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.

How To Dry Garden Hydrangeas

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:

  1. 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!)
  2. Cut the stems straight across, not on an angle.
  3. Place the stems in a wide vase so they are not crushed, and add about 1 inch of water to the bottom. 
  4. Allow this water to dry out and do not replace.
  5. Leave unattended for 3-4 weeks.
This is what my hydrangeas looked like when I first put them in the vases:

How To Dry Hydrangeas Indoors

Following these tips, my hydrangeas have dried into a beautiful permanent floral enhancement of my home. They have retained their glorious colors though just a little faded, and although the petals are dry, they are not too fragile.

How To Dry Colorful Hydrangeas

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.

How To Dry And Decorate With Hydrangeas

For now, I am just admiring them brightening my desk!

How To Dry And Enjoy Hydrangeas Indoors

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?

Many thanks for helping a gal out during her recovery, Anna. I appreciate you sharing these helpful tips with my readers.

Please share some love with Anna over on her blog at Anna International. How lucky is she to live in a cottage from the 1870s. That in itself is worth a visit!

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