The suitable period is autumn, in fact in this season the flowers have not yet withered and appear at the peak of flowering. The procedure is simple, it is necessary to cut the branch clean with the help of a sharp tool, it is advisable to use a pair of scissors to ensure a perfect cut. It is useful to cut the branches on a sunny day, the presence of frost or water could cause mold in the drying process.
The length of the branch must be equal to 20/30 centimeters and make sure that the leaves are thrown away. The branches have to be gathered in groups of 3/4. Each group will form a small bunch which should preferably be tied with a rubber band. This is an important aspect because each bunch must be hung upside down in the dark for a period ranging from 2/4 weeks, at the discretion of the desired effect. The longer the drying period, the better the result, given by the total disappearance of the water in the corollas. During this phase the branches will tend to lose tone becoming finer in their diameter and for this reason tying them with a simple string or ribbon would risk not guaranteeing the stability of the hanging branches, which could in turn slip separating from the bunch thus ruining the composition created.
Not all varieties of hydrangea flowers lend themselves to this drying method. In particular, the Arborescens Annabelle requires a different procedure. It is useful to immerse the branches in a vase, previously filled with a small amount of water. When the white of the petals begins to take on an acid green color, it is necessary to cut the branches, keeping only the flowers that can then be used as pleasant floral decorations in wicker or chestnut baskets.
The florist's secrets
The best compositions of dried flowers are those created with white, purple and blue hydrangeas as they do not have obvious color alterations that could make the flower ugly after the drying phase. Pink Hydrangeas, on the other hand, tend to a change in color that certainly would not make your composition aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Florists often manage to change the color by a few shades thanks to an easy to make and above all inexpensive trick.
The secret lies in adding half a glass of red wine to the water. However, when the color begins to lose its degree of brilliance and the flowers turn the corollas downwards, it will be necessary to proceed with drying. It is advisable to cut the previously cut stem by 1 cm, so that the presence of the wine does not create bad smells and does not attract unwelcome parasites, attracted by its essence. If your choice will be aimed at plants with blue petals, you could increase the intensity of their color by adding a handful of aluminum or iron sulphate to the water in the pot.
Hydrangea dried flowers: How to adorn the floral arrangement
Hydrangeas are delicate flowers, with many colors and the right liveliness, they will certainly give good taste to your homes and amaze those who can admire them. In order for your dried flower arrangement to be enhanced to the fullest, you can add some colored branches to the creation, especially if they are pastel colored, they tend to maintain a delicate and elegant look without unnecessary combinations that could make your composition tacky. The apricot-colored satin ribbon is another recommended decoration element, thanks to its color it creates a captivating combination with white flowers and an effective contrast with the blue ones, therefore it can be used in the presence of different shades. You can also add lotus flowers to dried flowers, thus obtaining a guaranteed creative success that will leave your guests amazed.
In the autumn season, chestnut curls represent a valid decorative combination if combined with a cloth created from the brown jute sack, used to wrap your hydrangea bouquet and make it adaptable to the season.
To give your fireplace an even more welcoming effect, you can create some small bundles with dry branches, which you can collect in the garden or obtain from previous pruning. To tie everything together you can use beige raffia threads, give a brush of glossy paint to the branches, collect these in small bundles as written above and between one space and another of the sticks, you can set the various bunches of hydrangeas enriching them with pine needles and seasonal berries. A great way to recommend even during the holiday season.