The lace-cap hydrangea growing on the right hand side of Staigue Fort Cottage needs to be cut back as it is nearly blocking the path. It seems a shame to throw the beautiful blooms on the compost heap so anyone who is near enough and dear enough to me has received unexpected bouquets of blue blossoms.
However, this is one prolific bloomer and so I am experimenting with ways of drying them. One knowledgeable person suggested I hang them upside down. They looked gorgeous strung along on twine it the utility…… until they shrivelled the following day. The generous hydrangea provided another bag full of blooms and so the experiment continues.
Apparently the most important thing when drying hydrangeas is timing the cutting of the flowers. If the flowers are cut in full bloom they will shrivel quickly. It is best to leave it late in the season when their colour is fading, turning green and becoming leathery to the touch.
My most successful dried ones have simply been left in vases of water. Today I added glycerine (available in the chemist) to one vase and some blue food colouring to another to see what effect it has. Anyone like a bunch of dried hydrangeas?