Monday, 20 February 2012

dried hydrangeas



don't you love flowers with a long life?
i used to do a lot of flower drying, a long time ago now, when we lived in the mountains, everlasting daisies were a favourite. i had masses of them, harvested from the roadside, hanging from wooden beams all over the place. i also loved drying hydrangeas and used them in wreaths and pots with rows of roses & lavender.
with a less humid summer here this year these hydrangeas dried well just sitting in the vase i had them in before christmas. the colour was green when i picked them from the low branches of a white flowering plant.   








i like creating with what's around me , wherever i've lived. now it's driftwood, shells and aqua sea colours.
what do you like creating with?


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35 comments:

  1. Your dried Hydrangeas are so pretty! I had some lovely blue ones in a silver vase last year until the dogs knocked them over! I will have to find some more this year, yours are just gorgeous :) xo K

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  2. Beautiful :)
    Green hydrangeas are my favourites ..and white of course..your arrangement with the flowers, vases and shells looks like a dreamy perfection..x Loving your photography.

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  3. Love! All go so perfectly together. Pruxxx

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  4. I have never really like dried flowers with the exception of hydrangeas. Somehow hydrangeas hold there appeal when they are dried. I love them and especially the way you have decorated with them. On the coast they have that old fashioned beach cottage appeal. Leahx

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  5. I love the beautiful green they turn. They also signify the end of Summer which saddens my heart a little.

    Very pretty
    Carolyn xx

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  6. LOVE!!!
    How do you dry yours??? I have 2 different types in my yard, and would love to dry some, if it's not too difficult!

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  7. Shells are my favorite to create with. I'm running a little low. I wish I was able to come to Oz to restock. I just purchased a shell book from Kangaroo Island & it's my new "I wanna go there bad" place. You have such a great sense of style.

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  8. thanks everyone .. anonymous - i find just leaving them in the vase til they dry works well. the stronger the colour the more the colour stays when dry. & a dry climate helps x

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  9. I Love these vignettes...Magic!!!
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    Tania Maree xx

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  10. Hi cheryl, so so lovely, I have just planted a hydrangea and it doesnt seem to be doing so well... do you need to fertilize them a lot? I will be so sad if i lose it!!
    Laura xx

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  11. they are beautiful, I love hydrangeas and driftwood and seashells. :) Love your vignette.
    Have a wonderful week!
    xoxo

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  12. So lovely pictures.

    Hugs from Sweden
    Elna

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  13. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous - I also love your aqua mason jar - I've been on the lookout for one, but haven't had any luck finding one yet.

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  14. Green hydrangeas are my favourite flower. Just lovely photographs!

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  15. The hydrangeas are beautiful - I didn't realize they could dry so well.

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  16. Oh the dried Hydrangea's are so pretty. Gorgeous photos!

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  17. These are some of my favorite flowers. They look great in the jars! Very airy feel :)

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  18. I am obsessed with aqua right now--I found a place that sells aqua crystals (like for your chandelier) and I want to do some projects with those.
    Your flowers dried beautifully!
    I am thinking of painting my sun room so I am looking for the perfect like aqua room color for that:)

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  19. Very pretty! I love dried hydrangeas :o)
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

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  20. You touched on two of my favorites...hydrangeas and the sea.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  21. The flowers look beautiful. My neighbor has hydrangeas in her front yard and she doesn't mind if I pick them. When is the best time to pick them? I picked them one time and put them in my bathroom and the next day the counter was full of pollen.

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  22. I am laughing once again because everytime I click on the link that draws my eye ... it's YOU. Thank you ... once again ... for the beauty.

    Mary @ Sea Quilts

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  23. Beautiful - love your post! Would love if you stopped by my Creative Inspirations party to link it up - tha party is happening now!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  24. Love the dried hydrangeas.
    I love to decorate with anything nature has to offer; pinecones, acorns, bird nests, twigs and more.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  25. Your dried hydrangeas are beautiful, especially in those aqua bottles!
    I'm your newest follower on GFC and Linky.
    Mary Alice

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  26. Wow, those hydrangess dried to perfection. Your pictures are so gorgeous. Ahhh that third one would look divine blown up and on the wall. Great shots!

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  27. These are gorgeous. Please add a link back to the wow party. Thanks.

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  28. I live at the beach, too, and I love using driftwood, shells, whatever I might find. Your displays with the hydrangeas are beautiful. I do love how beautifully they dry. I've had some of my blue ones for years.

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  29. Simply beautiful. Thanks for linking up - please come back Thursday to link up again - I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  30. Your colors are perfect. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  31. So beautiful, you inspired me to try the same this year!

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