Hang ‘Em Up to Dry

Really I mean hang ’em upside down.

The hydrangeas are gorgeous blue and will stay that way when dry.

This keeps the stems from bending and the heads from flopping.

A celing full of these flowers hanging upside down would be stunning for a party or wedding.

I just wrap a rubber band loosely around a handful of stems and hang them in a dark, dry spot.

Hang on for a week or so and the blossoms will be crispy.

I plan to use this group of dried hydrangea in a mantle arrangement this summer.

Almost ready for display.

They add a nice touch of color.

These shriveled a little because I cut them late.

What things do you preserve?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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