la Brocanteuse

Mar 8, 2012

a Green gift

 I walked into my kitchen this morning
and found a gorgeous green gift
(left by my gardener)

When the flowers of Hydrangeas start to turn green,
 or dark blue and pink with a papery feel
it is a sign that Autumn is in the air.
they will last like this  without water until the next season comes around..

Leave blooms on the shrub until late summer. Toward the end of the summer the petals will begin to age and take on a vintage look. If left on the shrub a while longer, many blooms will pick up interesting shades of burgundy and pink, or in this case, green. The timing for cooler areas may be much different from this.

Hydrangea hortensis

One can cut the blooms, strip off the leaves, arrange them in a vase, with or without water, and leave them to dry. It is not necessary to hang hydrangeas up side down to dry unless the stems are very thin and weak.

 Colette x


NanaDiana said...

I love it. I always save a huge bouquet from the Fall cutting and place them somewhere in my house to enjoy for the winter. I have a friend that uses floral spray to make hers a different color. The only ones that we can grow here are white and turn green...even with acid added to the soil it doesn't seem to help change the color. Have a great day- Diaa

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They are stunning. What a gift, I would have them all over the house. Hugs, Marty

La Dolfina said...

Oh my gosh Colette, is that your kitchen?
It is hard to concentrate on your lovely hydrangeas with all that eye candy in the background!!

French said...

So pretty, Col. Our climate and my garden is on the dry side, so I have to start over with potted hydrangeas each spring, but I'd love to have some dried like this. Very pretty in your home esp that last pic!

Cat-arzyna said...

Really gorgeous green gift !

AntiqueChase said...

I try and I try and I have no luck drying them!! My mother is successful. She just gave me a bunch I and posted the photo on facebook. Yours are gorgeous!

Nika Vintage said...

Me encantan las Hortensias, son unas flores maravillosas y muy decorativas.

Los Mundos de Nika Vintage.

Splenderosa said...

Oh my goodness, Collette...these blossoms are simply splendid !!
I adore hydrangeas too. I think, along with orchids, they are the most beautiful and keep their beauty for such a long long time. Great post!!

Nella Miller said...

Dear Colette, I adore hydrangeas as well and they do very well in my garden...the colour of yours are truly beautiful.
I just planted six Limelight hydrangeas last year and am hoping for a big show of blooms this summer...your kitchen, what I can see is lovely...taking notes for my renovation this Spring! N.xoxo

Mélanie A. said...

I love hydrangeas . You are right ,it looks like fall is coming your way and spring is coming our way

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

My favorite flower is the hydrangea...My hydrangea shrub is just now starting to get buds on them..I cannot wait for them to start blooming...

Yours are so beautiful...such a nice surprise from your gardener.

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Colette, I love hydrangeas and these are gorgeous. I would love to find a gift of these in my house! You lucky girl. I have hydrangeas around my house. Thanks for the tip on preserving them.

Jeanne Henriques said...

I am with La Dolcina, the flowers are fabulous..but your kitchen is amazing! What a fantastic shot...I'd say your gardener is a gem too :)
Best wishes for a lovely weekend..
Jeanne xx

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are so pretty and reminds me that we need to plant some more bushes.

Acquired Objects said...

What a nice treat and surprise from your gardener. I do the same thing with my hydrangeas at the end of the season but luckily ours is soon to begin. You have a wonderful kitchen from the looks of it!

Enjoy your weekend!

Virginia said...

Oh we have hydrangeas here in Alabama as well and I love them fresh, green or dried. Lovely photos!
Bon weekend,

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Green hydrangeas are my favourite and I am going out to pick some right now. And please do a post on your gorgeous kitchen - I am desperate to see more of it! Happy weekend x Sharon

Blooming Rose Musings said...

How beautiful, Colette. Our spring season is soon to begin and our hydrangeas will bloom. I also dry mine at the end of fall but I don't think mine are quite as large and full and beautiful as yours. Gorgeous!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. XO

Anne said...

Beautiful!! You have a lovely blog; I'm a new follower ~ ♥

Gail Peterson said...

What a perfect treat! I too love hydrangeas and have them dried around the house. If they were scented I wonder what they would smell like ....
Thanks for a bit of Spring!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Colette:
Your Hydrangea heads are glorious and look absolutely wonderful massed in the wicker baskets. We are generally not keen on dried flowers around the house but we make exceptions for Hydrangeas and peonies which we think dry beautiful and manage to age so gracefully.

We have found your most interesting and beautifully presented blog via the delightful Helen Tilston and we are so pleased to have arrived. we have signed up immediately as Followers in order to keep in touch with all your adventures!

Burlap Luxe said...

What a wonderful gift from the garden, breathtaking!
Those baskets are meant to hold such beauty.

Colette your kitchen is amazing, I feel as if I am visiting with you at the center island taking in all the beauty that the day has to offer theatrically, truly a kitchen to love my friend.


Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

Those hydrangeas are beautiful! So nice to see them in such abundance...
Your blog is beautiful I'm so glad that I have found you!
Ali x

Recycled Rita said...

I just discovered your blog and it is just gorgeous! I can't wait to have the time to read some of your back posts! Thanks for all the inspiration! karen....