I really only grow hydrangeas
because I love them when they begin to dry and look like those above!
Yes, they become a nice big bush in the right place. They grow huge flowers if you prune them at the right time. I’m not too good at guessing this right time since some years, they never STOP blooming!
And other years? Not much at all in the way of blooms.
In my mediterranean climate, they are very picky.
They like to have their leaves and roots cool and their many-petaled faces to the sun. A little tricky in summer’s heat.
I have mine between two garage barns.
But they bury my path with leaves and big balls of flowers, effectively keeping visitors out. Or in…
Isn’t that color luscious?
This is last year’s crop. It was much fuller because I must have pruned them at the right time …. Who knows?
All those different shades become rose, copper, violet and soft green.
I cut them just as they start to dry, usually about now.
I cut very long stems for a substantial bouquet.
Strip off the leaves and put them in just an inch of water.
Leave them to dry as the water evaporates.
They last indefinitely or til you can’t stand the dust any longer!
And I say to my heart: rave on. ~Mary Oliver