I dry my hydrangeas in probably the easiest way possible. I wait until they are pretty good and dry on the bush and have turned a dusky color, this is in late summer. When mine go dusty pink and grayish green and feel a bit papery, I know they are ready. I snip each head, leaving a 4-5 inch stem, remove all leaves, place in individual half watered filled vase and leave to rest for a month or so. The water will evaporate from the vase and will leave a pretty, dried hydrangea. I have about 75% success rate, some of these will wilt, and as they do, I toss them and cut some more. They usually wilt because I didn't pick them at the right time, that's the tricky part.
I scatter them around the house in all my usual spots.
|DIY link for the Faux Jarrahdale Pumpkins here.|
But the majority will dry out in the guest room.
When they are completely dry, in a month or so, I'll make a wreath, make a
dried arrangement or two, add some to fresh arrangements and give some away.
Here's my latest knitting obsession, Tender by Kim Hargreaves in teal KSH.
I love love love Kidsilk Haze and think that Kim does the best job creating
patterns that showcase the beauty of this silk and mohair confection.