With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: How I Dry Hydrangea Blossoms

Monday, August 26, 2013

How I Dry Hydrangea Blossoms

 

One day last week when two of our granddaughters were here, we spent time on the patio making a big mess!
  I cut the blossoms from a few of my hydrangea bushes and the girls stripped off the leaves.
The openings between the slats in the picnic table provided a convenient place to to hold each stem while we worked.
We brought the blossoms in and  filled many vases and pitchers!
Usually I add water to the containers but this time I didn't and they dried just as nice.
The important thing is to wait until the blossoms have begun to dry on the bush before cutting them.  When they have a papery feel you will know they are ready.  Here in south Jersey, it is usually mid-August.
After a week they are dried and ready to display.
Next post I will show you how I made wreaths from the dried blossoms!

22 comments:

Mona said...

Your hydrangeas are so pretty. I just felt mine yesterday to see if they felt dry..they do..so I will try once again to dry some. I have not had much luck lately with them... I can't figure out why...well, you have encouraged me to try again..
Love, Mona

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your hydrangeas are so lovely! I want to get some and dry them to have them around the house and you have inspired me! I love the wreath, it's so pretty! Have a wonderful week.
FABBY

Maryann said...

I am going to try this, I think our blooms are probably ready, have never dried them before

Olga P said...

They are one of my favourite flowers! Definitely something to try!:)

Laurie said...

What a nice display of hydrangeas! I am hoping to have a few to dry also. They bloomed quite late this summer but it looks like I will have quite a few to dry. Have a pleasant Monday!

NanaDiana said...

I am drying my own this week, Lorraine. I think last year I cut them too soon and they did not hold their blooms . Yours are gorgeous-none of ours have any color here- xo Diana

Brandi said...

Your blooms are gorgeous. I love them all gathered on your table. Looking forward to your wreath post.

Haddock said...

It looks lovely in that tall Vase.

Susan said...

I love your hydrangea wreath shown, LDH. Very, very pretty.

The girls will always remember doing crafts with their Grammie. Do they call you that? Or are you Nana? Or Grandma? Just curious. Susan

podso said...

Looks so pretty on your wall. does it last a long time?

Ann said...

I didn't know it was so easy. I'm going to have to go out and check mine. Can't wait to see how you made the wreath

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty and a fun project to get the kids involved in:@)

nancycreative.com said...

I love hydrangeas–thanks for the drying tips! They look so beautiful!

Blackberry Lane said...

They are gorgeous. I know you enjoyed your helpers!

One of the historic civil war homes in Roswell always has a Christmas tree decorated with dried hydrangeas.

Sue said...

So pretty Lorraine, I have not had much success with drying hydrangeas, I think I might have cut them to early.Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Bo said...

They are so pretty! =)
Love the arrangements and the tables!

SarahGeorge said...

Gorgeous blooms dear Lorraine :) Love them in the vases and pitchers.
I wonder, how many of them you put to use:).

Kristina said...

Beautiful. I used to have them at my last house, but not here.

Heather said...

wow thats beautiful!! cant wait to see how you made the wreath ~Love Heather

Adrienne said...

My blue hydrangeas are ready to harvest. I need to get cut them and put them in vases. Yours are gorgeous.
~Adrienne~

Just a little something from Judy said...

Brilliant ideas! I wish I had known this a few weeks ago. You make it all look so simple.

Jacqueline said...

Your colors stayed so beautifully! I couldn't believe they were real when I saw the wreath. Lovely!

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