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.
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.
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!