I love Hydrangeas. Everything about them. I want to plant more as soon as we have the yard ready for more plantings. I hope Heaven is filled with the beautiful blooms of Hydrangeas! I suppose Heaven will have bigger and better flowers than I can even imagine but Hydrangeas have to come close!
One of the reasons I love them is how they dry on the plant and you can cut them and use them in your decor.
They age on the plant to from their white beauty to a lovely chartreuse green. Once they turn green you can cut them and they will dry just like they are.
You can leave them on the plant and they will dry there too. They will start to turn brown if they are in direct sunlight so if you want them all green you need to cut them before they start turning brown.
I’ve cut quite a few of mine over the past few weeks but I just can’t bring myself to whack them all down yet. They still look pretty beside the house too. Eventually I will cut them all and use them somewhere.
I tucked them here and there around my house and it is quite overflowing with dried hydrangeas now. What fun to have them to use in my fall and winter decor. Almost makes it worth putting up with the cold weather that has arrived a bit too early. Almost. But not quite. I don’t deal well with cold.
If you love having fresh cut flowers – plant Hydrangeas. Mine are a new breed of the heirloom Annabelles, called Incrediball. They have been bred with stronger stems so they don’t flop over and they have larger flowers.
I also have some Inviciblelles, which are the first variety of pink Annabelles. They don’t get quite enough sunshine to really bloom to their full potential but they did well this year. I haven’t cut any of them yet since they have dried. They dried to a green/brown that is quite lovely too.
I’ll probably use a few of them at the Springfield flea in September. My friend Marcy and I are setting up shop there again this fall – this time in one of the Vintage Marketplace Tents! We are quite excited. I have a dining room table and six chairs to paint and take – planning to set the table with old china and I’m thinking some dried Hydrangeas in the centerpiece would be just the thing.
Do you like to use flowers in your decor? Do you have a flower garden? What is your favorite flower to grow?