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Drying Hydrangea

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Like last year, this summer the Annabelle Hydrangea in our yard bloomed so much and the flowers were so lovely, that I wanted to save some by drying them.

 If you are not familiar with Annabelle Hydrangea, they start off green and as the bloom grows they turn white. You will have large white flowers while they are in full bloom, and then they return back to green at the end of their life.

There are several suggested ways to dry your flowers, including silica gel. I decided to try the more natural Water Drying technique. The concept is that rather than wilting in a full container of water, you put them in a small amount and they dry out slowly as the water evaporates.

So, as instructed I clipped the flowers that were at the end of their bloom cycle (and returning to green) and put them in containers that were about half filled with water. Last year I put them in  jars and this year I put them in an old drink container. What ever works.

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Then I placed them in a cool, dry, corner of our Den away from direct sunlight to do their thing.

After about a week or even less, the water was gone and the petals and stems were dry.

That was it. I had dried flowers.

I will say, they are really fragile when preserved this way, so you have to handle them with care.

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It couldn’t have been any easier.  I think they look very close to when they were fresh cut. What do y’all think?

Also, you can read my post on how to help keep your fresh cut blooms alive a bit longer here. I found this worked pretty well for these type of hydrangeas, extending the life by several days.

Have a great weekend!

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18 thoughts on “Drying Hydrangea

  1. Thanks for this helpful post. I cut some hydrangeas yesterday from my neighbor’s yard (with permission) with the hopes of enjoying them now and preserving them for later. I hope mine turn out to look as nice as yours.

  2. Hi Karen,
    I don’t have an Annabelle hydrangea, but I have the blue & mauve varieties. Do you know if you can dry them using the same technique? Just curious…… I might have to give it a try!
    Lanita

  3. Karen,
    Thank you for sharing your method for drying flora, dear friend!!!
    Last year, I dried some of my gorgeous, vibrant Gingersnap roses.
    I used the upside down, tied and in a dark area method.
    The roses dried quite nicely, but were very brittle and delicate.
    If I’m able to have a “second” blooming this Autumn,
    I’ll give this method a try!!!
    These hydrangea are breathtakingly beautiful!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
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  4. The first year I discovered hydrangeas we were living in Maine. I had just cut some and placed them in a vase with blue food coloring (think Queen Ann’s Lace). I was called home and was gone a little over a week. When I returned I had the most beautiful dried blue hydrangeas! It seems to be much easier than hanging them to do it this way, and their heads start to bend naturally. Thanks for bringing back a happy memory.

    1. Ann, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and that it made you smile :) I love the idea of adding the food coloring, I will have to try that!

    1. Aren’t they cute!? I got those at the Pottery Barn outlet last year. I’m pretty sure that they still have them, I was planning to go back this week or the next, I will check :)

  5. Its such an easy thing to do! I dried some a couple of years ago and they were a beautiful blue/green. The sad thing was that I couldn’t keep my kitten out of them. He loved getting inside the basket of dried flowers and would pop his head up in the middle. As you say, they are very fragile and every morning I woke up to dried hydrangea blossoms everywhere! The top of the bookcase was their final resting place as the cat can’t get up there.

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