I LOVE hydrangeas... I love them fresh when they first bloom and are brilliantly colorful and I like them dried with softer colors.
My neighbor has 3 glorious hydrangea shrubs that produce the most gorgeous blooms. Here's a bouquet from a few months ago.
Hydrangea blooms don't just shrivel up an fall off the plant like many other flowers in the garden do. They fade to a soft color on the shrub...the purple/blue flowers fade to a soft green and some retain a soft blue.
If you let fresh bright blooms dry out in a vase with a little water in them, they don't turn out as well. These hydrangeas were dried as fresh blooms.
Some petals are a little crinkled up. I still love them, though.
If you want a better result, then leave them on the shrub until the blooms fade. Once they've faded, cut a bunch and put them in a vase with a little water.
They will continue to dry out slowly with a little water in the vase.
I discovered accidentally how to turn some of the blooms gold.
After cutting a some faded blooms from one of the shrubs, I put them in a little pitcher with some water and them covered it with a cloche.
I noticed at the end of the day that some of the petals had turned a lovely shade of gold.
The cloche held in moisture and created a beautiful result.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful neighbor who shares her lovely hydrangeas with me.