I am on a dried Hydrangea KICK!

I can’t get enough of them and they are all over our home this late summer season.  Two falls ago when I was pregnant with Juliette my sweet Joel shut my garden down for me, alas, I looked out the window to see he had hacked down my best Endless Summer.  What could I say?  He was just trying to help.  She has finally recovered and this year brought forth so many blooms!  (FYI:  Don’t cut down your Hydrangea… at least not most varieties as the blooms spring forth from the dead wood of the previous year!) All my others are in recovery mode after the big Potager/Garden expansion last fall – giving just a few blooms this summer.  Next year should be Hydrangea heaven though!
 

If you haven’t grabbed Brooke Giannetti’s Patina Style you simply must do so!  Looks like she loves them too.  It’s got to be their muted, graceful tones that simply can not be duplicated with any other flower, fresh or dried.


Patina Style montage – Google Images

Patina Style book cover – Google Images… you won’t believe this book! And the follow up book Patina Farm!

Patina Style page – Google Images

Truth be told, I don’t even have it yet but I devoured it the other day at Mom’s!  It is YUM!  With a name like “Patina Style” how could it not be???  There is no other word like “Patina” – especially for those of us obsessed with it!



DRYING HYDRANGEA
 Step One:  
Have patience.
 Sure, if you can’t take it you can cut a couple and bring them in to enjoy but the will finally droop and disappoint.  The more patience you show in cutting time the more lovely, muted tones you will get and the fuller, dried blooms that you covet.

 NOT READY.
 READY.  She could even “stay on the vine” a few weeks longer.
A ready/not ready combo.  I know, it’s difficult to wait but if you just hold out you will be amazed at the colors you will get to enjoy indoors for the next year or more.


Step Two:
Smash base of stem, just a little.





Step Three:
Add water and flowers to your vase.
 To REALLY manipulate the color of your blooms you can add Rit Dye to the water.  (I did not do that to mine.)  If your stems are scrawny you can dry them by hanging them upside down.  I should have done that to a couple of mine.


Step Four:
Wait patiently as it evaporates.  Over the days your blooms will change colors a bit yet again… many of these blooms are from the photograph earlier in this post.  See how they have blued?



Step Five:
Enjoy! 

Hydrangea
How to dry hydrangea