Dried Hydrangeas

8.16.2012

Before it is time to start bringing out the fall decor I thought I better show you my summertime look on the dining room table that has been this way for weeks. My hydrangea bush did so well this year that I was able to cut many blooms and use them around the house in vases. Many of them ended up drying beautifully.

Aren't they gorgeous?

My daughter gave me a couple of Pottery Barn pillow covers for Mother's Day that didn't work out so I exchanged them for this nubby runner.

Added my blue and white jars and a large seashell to finish the look.



All the hydrangeas that I cut while they were fresh and deep blue dried to these soft blues and greens. The ones left on the bush have turned shades of pink and green. I will be bringing them in soon. They will be perfect for fall.



I have never dried hydrangeas before and to tell you the truth I wasn't purposely drying these. It just happened.

I love them in my vintage dough bowl. I need to get another dough bowl. So many great ways to use them. Soon it will be time to fill this bowl with pumpkins, gourds and other fall goodies.

Have you dried hydrangeas?

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57 comments:

  1. I've had some that dried perfectly and others that just wilted into a floppy mess. Is there a trick to it that you know of? Love the look of them all massed together in that dough bowl!

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  2. I don't have hydrangeas growing in the garden, but I do dry the hydrangeas that I buy in the market. Your photo reminds me that I should go get some for this weekend. I've been buying the white ones all summer, but if I can find the blue they will be coming home with me. I like the look of the dried ones in the dough bowl. I think I just may copycat your idea. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  3. I'm so jealous! They won't grow here in our clay soil (maybe at the farm!). Those are just gorgeous! Love them in the dough bowl. Just beautiful!

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  4. I love hydrangeas, both fresh and dried, and yours are lovely! Did you just put a small amount of water into a vase and then let it evaporate, or did you do something different to get your beautiful dried blossoms?!

    Kat

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  5. The hydrangeas are beautiful. I tried to grow them once, but must be we don't have the right soil. I could get huge plants, but never a bloom. I have dough bowl envy!!

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  6. Funny, I just brought some in yesterday to dry and ended up with a quick post about them for next week. Yours are beautiful. I think I'm too late for my blue and pink ones. :-(
    Mary Alice

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  7. I should have cut some when they were blue! I love the look. I always use my fall colored hydrangeas to decorate in the fall. They really last!

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  8. What a lovely happy accident that those gorgeous hydrangeas dried all by themselves. I haven't met a hydrangea color that I didn't like, or any kind of hydrangea -- fresh, dried or faux (they always look so real). They are just beautiful, Kim, and perfect on your table.

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  9. how beautiful! I Love hydrangea's i think they
    have to be my favorites!
    LAUREN

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  10. Oh, I am so COMPLETELY envious!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE hydrangeas and the one's I have in my home are "FAKE" :) So, So very Lovely, Kim.
    Have a great day!
    Angelina

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  11. SO pretty, I'm a sucker for hydrangeas!

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  12. Have not dried them myself, but I am attempting to copy an arrangement on the cover of the Autumn Cottage magazine. I prefer the whites/cream color/brownish. The arrangement on the magazine cover may have some green in it too - can't remember. It's very neutral.

    I don't do Fall decorating for quite some time as here in TN it will be very warm for a while yet. Many time we are even able to camp the long Thankgiving weekend! It's usually on into October before I do fall decorating - and mostly outside.

    I love dough bowls!!

    tina

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  13. Have not dried them myself, but I am attempting to copy an arrangement on the cover of the Autumn Cottage magazine. I prefer the whites/cream color/brownish. The arrangement on the magazine cover may have some green in it too - can't remember. It's very neutral.

    I don't do Fall decorating for quite some time as here in TN it will be very warm for a while yet. Many time we are even able to camp the long Thankgiving weekend! It's usually on into October before I do fall decorating - and mostly outside.

    I love dough bowls!!

    tina

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  14. Your dried hydrangeas look so great in your vintage dough bowl! So pretty! It's funny we posted about dried hydrangeas on the same day. Ya know what they say...great minds...

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  15. They're so pretty! I really want a dough bowl!

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  16. Well you are lucky because I have tried in the past with limited success to dry these. Looks great.

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  17. No, I can't get hydrangeas to live long enough to produce one dag-burned bloom! Yours are gorgeous, Kim. I do like the addition of blue and white. Looks classic.
    Brenda

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  18. I have had no luck drying them until this summer... It's been so hot even in the house, they dried... only good thing about the heat. I love your blue ones!! Mine are green.

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  19. I absolutely love hydrangeas, and would you believe me if I told you that when I bought my dough bowl a few weeks ago, I filled it with dried hydrangeas? It looks beautiful, as does yours! I still have dried hydrangeas from my Grandmother that are 30 years old. I kid you not when I say that the colour hasn't faded, and they are just as beautiful as when she first dried them. She didn't do anything special, but just placed them in a basket and left them alone. I've heard the key is when you pick them from the bush (not when they are freshly bloomed, but wait until just before they start to fade on the bush). I haven't tried this myself to be sure it works, though.

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  20. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! I have mostly Annabelle hydrangeas and I like to cut them when they turn green again at the end of summer. That way I keep a little piece of summer in our home all winter long.

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  21. Your table looks so pretty Kim! I dry mine all the time.

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  22. I always dry mine in water and they turn out beautifully. Just like yours in this gorgeous bowl. If you cut blooms from a hydrangea that blooms on old growth now it will not bloom next year.

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  23. They are beautiful, Kim. I'm hoping to get some good cuttings next year from the ones I planted this year. My neighbor has huge beautiful pink ones that are drying on her bush. I would love to cut a few of those!

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  24. Kim, your hydrangeas are beautiful. I would love to display some for some transitional fall vignettes. Yours dried beautifully!

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  25. Kim, I have dried hydrangeas and it seems to work best when the hydrangeas stay on the bush for a while and begin to toughen up a little. Love the look in the dough bowl! Linda

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  26. Mixed bag with my hydrangea blooms this year :-/ Last year I had loads of big fat blooms.. this year so far I have cut 10 . a few coming out still.. The bush if lush, and green, just a decrease in blooms. I have dried them, but some dried beautifully while a couple, well, not so much. Kind of a soggy , droopy ....
    Yours are about the same colour as the ones I did dry .. luv that soft bluey green.
    Beautiful table!!

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  27. I cut and dried some early in the season. The trick is to cut them when they are already quite dry, I read that somewhere. My bush doesn't get the sprinkler water so it was June when I cut them. Mine are green/blue, but I love them!

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  28. I usually put my hydrangeas in a big square glass vase, but I much prefer how you did it - the look of the round pompoms in an old bread bowl - Beautiful!!!

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  29. Those look beautiful!! I love the colors. They look so pretty in the dough bowl. That was a good idea to fill it with them! They go perfectly in your dining room too. You should try to save them for future use too. You might be able to tie them to a coat hanger and store them somewhere.

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  30. Oh wow, Kim. Mine never get that blue. I know it has to do with the soil. They look lovely against that hutch!

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  31. That looks absolutely gorgeous. I would rather see real flowers inside than a bunch of fake ones. The colors look so pretty in your dining room. You have such good taste in decor. Have a great week-end. Sheila

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  32. I love dried hydrangeas and yours are gorgeous. I think the soft blues and beiges match your dining room so well.

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  33. LOVE dried Hydrangeas. They look gorgeous in your dining room in the bowl!

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous! Our hydrangeas finally bloomed this year after planting them 6 years ago! They are a beautiful blue. And I'm super jealous of that dough bowl!

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  35. I have not. The deer usually eat them all! Your's dried gorgeous though. Wow. Just stunning :) What a great little treasure.

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  36. They are gorgeous....I have dried them before in my home in Florida...here I have another variety that does not dry that well...So I am going to plants some that are easily dried....I love your vintage dough bowl..perfect for the hydrangeas....

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  37. I will give this a try and see if the varieties we grow work. It looks great Kim.
    Paul

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  38. Kim, I love this look in the dining room. The color in the hydrangeas pick up that glorious color in the hutch. I think this is my favorite room in your home. The white ironstone displayed in the hutch is awesome as well as the grouped framed florals on the wall. Looks like a a magazine photograph!
    Enjoy your weekend.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  39. I love hydrangeas! But have never dried them. They look beautiful in that dough bowl, maybe next year I'll give it a shot.

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  40. You just have to love a dough bowl, and it is even better filled with dried hydrangeas. Just gorgeous, Kim.

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  41. I love the look of the dried hydrangeas! I have some from last year and think I need to dry a few more from this year. Love the table runner. hugs, Linda

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  42. Love the hydrageas and the bowl they are in is just perfect. Just beautiful.

    Cynthia

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  43. These look amazing in your pretty dining room...

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  44. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, Kim! I've never dried hydrangeas, intentionally or otherwise, but I do love the way they look! Love the colors of yours.

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  45. I don't know what I love more....fresh blooms from my French Hydrangea or the dried ones! And yours are the perfect shade of blue/green. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. I have a white hydrangea bush and have not dried its blossoms before but I'll try now after looking at your lovely photos! :)

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  47. I had a neighbor who dried her hydrangea blossoms and covered a vine wreath with them. It was gorgeous!! An idea for you

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  48. I sure do! I ave 2 vases of them drying right now and have dried more earlier. Still ahve alot of blooms ont he bushes to dry too. LOVE your dough bowl!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. So pretty in its simplicity, Kim. Love your dough bowl :)

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  50. Hi Kim,
    What beautiful pictures & great idea!!!! I am in love with your runner too. It is always such a treat to visit your blog. Have a great night,
    Jen

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  51. This looks so pretty! I share your love of hydrangeas. I've tried to grow the blue ones like you have but, for some reason, they just didn't do well for me.

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  52. Beautiful! I especially love them in your dough bowl... I have been on the hunt for a dough bowl for a while now!

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  53. Hi Kim: The hydrandeas are beautiful in the dough bowl. Mine are ripe for picking now so will be drying them also..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  54. All my hydrangeas are pink. I must figure out how to grow blue flowers because I love the look you have created.

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  55. That's a beautiful arrangement, Kim, and I love the new runner. I dry my hydrangea each year and then I rotate them as they get too old and lose their color. The blue ones dry to a faded mauve/lavender, and the white ones dry to a pale green. But eventually they all turn a pretty tan/amber which is nice for fall.

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