Though roses and lavenders are at the top of my favorite flower list, hydrangeas are just as wonderful. I live in a dry, hot Mediterranean climate and…
they can be very difficult to grow, much less bloom. But when they do, it’s a beautiful thing!
Around the middle of August they start to dry on the stem and that’s the time to cut them for dried bouquets.
First I cut very long stems, stripping off the leaves.
I immediately plunge them into a large jug of water and leave them for a day or two.
Pour off any remaining water and leave about an inch in the bottom of the jug.
Leave them in shade or indoors to dry as the water evaporates.
They last indefinitely or til you can’t stand the dust any longer!
When you increase the number of gardens, you increase the number of heavens too!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan