I have to give a huge shout out for my hydrangea bushes – they give such amazing service all summer long with their flowers. Then they start changing with the coming of autumn and the colours are amazing and jewel-like. Now is the time to harvest some to bring into the house.
So having served us all summer on the bushes, you can then get months (or years) more service from their beautiful blooms indoors. Cut them off the bushes either on a long stem or just the heads depending on how you plan to use them.
I personally cut longish stems making sure I cut near a new pair of buds. This cutting, or pruning, alters the size and shape of the hydrangea bush but, to be honest, mine are so huge I am grateful to prune a bit in any direction! I am sure this is not the correct way to re-shape your hydrangeas (So sorry Monty Don) but it has always worked for me and never caused any harm to my bushes.
So, I cut longish stems and then arrange them loose in a vase or in a basket with dry Oasis. No need for water – just leave them to it and they will dry out.
You can enjoy them for months and, if you any of the hydrangea heads that go too brownish or mottled, there’s nothing like a can of gold spray paint for a glorious display at Christmas!