We think hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful blooms! Their big, colourful heads fill any jug or vase perfectly. In Cornwall, there are so many out on display at the moment, whether it’s in people’s gardens, along hedge-rows or on coastal walks.
Allow the blooms to first dry naturally on the plant (August-October). They’re ready when the petals look a little more vintage and the flowers feel more papery.
- Snip the stems at around 12-18 inches long, but at varied heights, this makes them easier to group together later.
- Snip off all the leaves from the stems
- Fill a vase or jar with about 2-3 inches of water and pop them in but make sure you don’t overcrowd the vase. As the water evaporates, the hydrangea blooms will start drying naturally.
They also look fab hung upside down, so if you’ve got a cool dry room at home, out of direct sunlight, you can also dry them this way.
Whether you decide to leave them in water, or hang them upside down, the drying process usually takes a total of 2-3 weeks (An easy way to know if they’re ready is that the stems should snap off easily.)
(This shorter, Bubble Vase has a gorgeous vintage look and is perfect for medium length stems)
They’re the epitome of ‘cottage core,’ which is a very popular trend at the moment. It celebrates the cottage lifestyle of gathering from outdoors and using it to create something beautiful or delicious with it inside!