One of my favourite tasks of the year is picking autumnal hydrangea heads to dry them. They are spectacular in dried arrangements and if you’re thinking – ‘I don’t do dried arrangements’ – then just fill a basket with them on their own and you’ll instantly see how gorgeous they look!
Once they have been on display for a month or three … simply whip out the gold spray and spray them gold for Christmas and – hey presto – you’ll have a new display all over again! If your hydrangeas are already looking spotted and not so beautiful, then you can jump straight to the gold sprayed version once they have dried off.
When you cut them, allow a fair bit of stem – remove any leaves and bundle three heads together with an elastic band. It’s very important to use an elastic band for this rather than string. Now hang your little bunch of hydrangeas upside down in a warm place… and wait!
Then fill a basket with dried flower (grey) Oasis foam and fill it as full as you can with dried heads. Wow, I love the effect and all for free!
I am just hoping it’s nearly time for the last cut of the lawn this year and now that’s all tidy, and quite a bit of the pruning has been done, maybe the garden can think about going to sleep for the winter. I wonder what is in store for us all weather–wise? Will we get snow here in Devon? Will you have snow wherever you are, and how soon will the first frost come along and help everything look even more past its best than many of my plants are already looking now!
Maybe we should have a competition – first one of us to have snow…! Anyone reading this in Scotland, I bet you would win. But then, if you are reading in Sweden or Norway… OK, maybe I need to rethink this idea!