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Hydrangeas

Collect the Hydrangea blooms on a dry day. Do not undertake this project on a rainy day or in the early morning when there may be moisture and dew on the shrub. It is best to begin when the sun is shining and the blooms as well as the leaves are dry, that means completely void of moisture. The moisture has an adverse effect on the drying process.

Hydrangeas

It is suggested you hang the plant upside down and initially this is the procedure I followed however as you purchase more plants the hanging aspect becomes limited. I decided to try a new avenue many years ago. As I collected the blooms I carefully stood them in plastic pails. You need an abundance of pails as you cannot set too many Hydrangeas together due to their size and fragile nature. After the spent flowers are cut, you can remove the leaves immediately or wait a while. The choice is optional. Leave the blooms in the pails for at least a week. This system ensures you are rid of any unwanted bugs and the flower is totally dry. You are now ready to create an arrangement or spray paint depending upon your preference.

After arranging the Hydrangeas you can apply hair spray to the bouquet. The spray acts as a holding agent and assists in keeping the flowers intact. Be careful where you place the arrangement as I had a hanging basket in a rather cramped area and every time a person walked by without looking there were Hydrangea pieces all over the floor. Usually I position them in the centre of a table or situate the dried flowers in a corner or a space that is somewhat protected from people brushing against the Hydrangea blooms.

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