Dried Hydrangea Lust

hydrangeas dried
Drying hydrangeas

I really only grow hydrangeas
because I love them when they begin to dry and look like those above!

Yes, they become a nice big bush in the right place. They grow huge flowers if you prune them at the right time. I’m not too good at guessing this right time since some years, they never STOP blooming!
And other years? Not much at all in the way of blooms.

In my mediterranean climate, they are very picky.

They like to have their leaves and roots cool and their many-petaled faces to the sun. A little tricky in summer’s heat.
I have mine between two garage barns.
But they bury my path with leaves and big balls of flowers, effectively keeping visitors out. Or in…


Isn’t that color luscious?
This is last year’s crop. It was much fuller because I must have pruned them at the right time …. Who knows?

All those different shades become rose, copper, violet and soft green.
I cut them just as they start to dry, usually about now.
I cut very long stems for a substantial bouquet.
Strip off the leaves and put them in just an inch of water.
Leave them to dry as the water evaporates.
They last indefinitely or til you can’t stand the dust any longer!

And I say to my heart: rave on. ~Mary Oliver


34 thoughts on “Dried Hydrangea Lust

  1. A gorgeous photo. Those hydrangeas are unbeatable. Nature outdid itself.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Good morning Silvia! Thank you!! I hope all is well in your world. I’ve been missing here for awhile but stopped in before I once again disappear for the crazy week to come. Have a wonderful holiday! xxx

  2. camilla wells paynter November 21, 2013 — 9:03 am

    Oh, they’re gorgeous! I share your love of their fall colors! Yours are spectacular! I have one–transplanted to grow over our cat’s little grave. Pruned back then (the gal claimed to know what she was doing), it became very lush with foliage this year, but hasn’t flowered. By now, the roots have been well-nourished by our departed friend, and I am hoping that it will bloom in the forthcoming season, so I can have some dried ones, too!

    1. Yours sound like mine and it IS definitely about timing in the pruning thing. We are too warm here on the west coast I think… they have no down time in my courtyard because of the microclimate that is ridiculously warm, wet and fraught with microbes of all sorts!! ­čÖé

      The ones I am now drying are turning out beautifully so far…. keywords: “so far”. ­čÖé

      Nice to “see” you, my dear…. have a wonderful holiday! ♥

      1. camilla wells paynter November 21, 2013 — 9:14 am

        You too!

  3. Since I’ve never had a hydrangea plant of my own I tend to prune the ones I find growing over fenceposts . Rather than putting them in water I’ve always preferred tying them in bunches and hanging them upside down to dry.

    Yours really are gorgeous colours.

    1. ­čÖé of course you do! I would too… i’ve done that too but the color stays a bit better with a little water in there for awhile-no idea why. They are pretty this year. much love to you. xoxo

  4. Love them! I used to dry them, pick their petals and make pictures of them. But, they are most beautiful as you have pictured them here!

    1. that’s interesting to make pictures with them…. and difficult-sounding too! ­čśë

      i’m glad you liked them here…. they are pretty so far this year. xxx

    1. Thanks Elena, glad you liked my snowballs. ­čÖé

  5. Beautiful! I love hydrangeas, too.

    1. Hi Janell,
      I do like them but they’re rather “difficult” to grow around here… xox

  6. They are incredibly beautiful with their soft pastel colours, aren’t they?

    1. sue, yes they are lovely with apologies at being so late to return here to reply to comments. ah holidays(daze)… i am quite weary of them now. xox

  7. It’s been a joy, for me, to see the Hydrangeas here in France. At home, in Nova Scotia, they bloom for 2-3 weeks in June and that’s it! Here, until early November they are still blooming. The bushes are just loaded with old and new and the colours are terrific. I’ve taken many pictures thinking that folks back home just wouldn’t believe me!

    1. dear Joss… it is much the same here but not so many blooms since i pruned them wrongly last spring… ah well.. i think you must be having a terrific time! xox

  8. I adore them in other people’s yards. LOL And I even like them dried in my house. But I don’t grow them and pass them by in the spring for planting. It might be the tempermental flowering business that drives that decision. Oh, but yours are lovely shades, blooming and in the drying process.
    That reminds me to take a wander around the city gardens before we get buried in snow. They might have a dried one on the bush that I can borrow. ­čśÇ

    1. I hope you had a lovely holiday, Mel… apologies but have been a tad busy of late. i hope you are not buried in snow now… but i fear you probably are… ­čśŽ

  9. Linda this corner seems very healthy even when the sun is kept away. I have few in my garden but they yet to reach this size balls with the weather we get here. I just add them to my list of aim to…. I must have missed on keeping them dry. who said you ever stop learning.

    1. haha, doron, nobody says you stop learning i think… and if they do, them just might be wrong…. with apologies i’ve been kept away from blogging these past few weeks. hoping to be back again in a few days time… thank you for your lovely comment on this post. i hope you can grow some that bloom someday. ­čÖé

      1. Linda when you around the magic is already there… i will try sorry had no blog for few days.. have a great day.

        1. thanks doron…glad to see you coming around again. ­čÖé

  10. They are absolutly beautiful. I hope you are doing well my dear friend. I sure miss your voice. So much has changed and is changing these days. Please do take care and I know you are loved.

    1. good thanksgiving eve, dear friend… i have been in a very busy month but things are about to quiet down again so i hope to return to my normally scheduled ramblings… i miss you too and hope your holiday was all it could be and more. And that there was pie.

      Yes, i do know… ­čÖé

  11. Beautiful snow balls, dear Linda! Love itÔŁĄ´ŞĆ

    1. So gladdened of heart you liked them, sweet Violet! ♥

  12. I am a hydrangea addict living part time on Cape Cod, south of Boston. Hydrangeas grow abundantly on the Cape. They adore the sandy soil, moist air, and a slightly shaded spot to grow. No matter what I do to them, they grow. They do not mind pruning, cutting, or transplanting. I think my favs are the lace hydrangea. But I also LOVE the whitish/pale green button ones, called Wedding something or other. They are so gorgeous. I can’t wait for next summer! BTW, thanks so much for the “follow.”

    1. Hi and welcome! It sounds lovely and perfect weather, i’m thinking…. i do not care for the lace caps from what i’ve seen and they are more delicate, at least here. i like the big mopheads and love the colors that show up each year, always different… maybe that’s because mine are planted between two buildings so lots of minerals to draw from… i think the wedding one is summer wedding? not sure either, there are so many now!! i am happy to get acquainted so no need to thank me… ­čÖé but thank you for coming by here… ♥

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