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Bird on the Gate watching Hydrangeas Bloom


Hydrangeas Baby

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!

hydrangeas dried

Hydrangeas Drying

When you increase the number of gardens, you increase the number of heavens too!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan


6 thoughts on “Ever-Lasting Hydrangeas

  1. Clanmother says:

    I love Hydrangeas – they have a full range of colours that span our summer months. One of my favourite quotes. Have a great week. This post was a wonderful way to begin mine.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thanks so much Rebecca! Glad you love them too!

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  2. I’ve never been a fan – but my mother in law just gifted me one tonight, for my birthday! They get enormous here…oh my.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      🙂 Really? Well hoping that gift is blooming like mine are right now. Yeah, they get pretty enormous here too!


  3. SwittersB says:

    I am glad to see yours have smothered the walkway as well!


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yep, they are definitely enough to keep strangers at bay. 🙂


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