A few weeks ago I shared a post about harvesting and drying my Annabelle hydrangeas, but it was still a little early then to cut the paniculatas. I wanted to wait for them to color up a bit more.
One of the many things I love about this species of hydrangea is that they change color as the season progresses from late summer to early fall. The Vanilla Strawberry get deeper and deeper pink, and the Little Lime gets a pretty coppery pink mixed with a deeper green color.
The Limelights go from lime green to creamy white to a blush pink.
They were all at a point where I loved the coloring, so I decided to cut a bunch and dry them in preparation for winter arrangements in my window boxes.
I’ll put both of those crates in a dark corner of the carriage house and let them dry until I’m ready to fill my window boxes for the winter.
Even after cutting all of those, I hadn’t really even made a dent in the quantity of flowers on my bushes so I decided to also makes some wreaths with them. I’ve always wanted to try this, but never had the time when I was a 9 to 5’er.
All I needed was a few wire wreath forms …
and some floral wire.
To prepare the hydrangeas, I first removed all of the leaves (the leaves don’t look quite so pretty when dried).
Then I trimmed up the stems fairly short, leaving just enough to wire onto the frame, but not so much that the stems will stick out.
By the way, that one is a Little Lime. Aren’t the colors just gorgeous?! I love that combo of pink and green. I think it takes me back to all of those preppy Izod shirts I wore back in the early 80’s.
Next it’s simply a matter of wiring the blooms onto the frames.
I hung this round wreath on the potting shed door.
Once I had that one finished I remembered that I had an old dried up square boxwood wreath tucked away in the carriage house lean-to.
I actually rather liked the look of the dried out boxwood for fall. But I went ahead and removed all of that to get at the square wreath frame.
I decided to try the Limelights on this one.
I have to say, it was a bit more challenging to get the flowers into a square shape.
I ended up trimming off some bulgy bits here and there to get more of a square.
Ultimately I think it worked out.
Although whether or not it still looks square is up for debate.
I plan to let these dry right in place and I’m not entirely sure how well that will work out. I’ll give you an update in a couple of weeks and let you know.
In the meantime, what do you think? Have you made your own dried hydrangea wreaths? Or do you have other plants in your gardens that make a great wreath? Leave a comment and let us know!