I just wanted to do a quick post today and show you how I utilized my hydrangeas last year. I have about five big bushes with loads of blooms on them every year.
My family grumbles about me saving old decorating/gardening magazines but I always find inspiration from them. I saw a picture in one magazine (don't remember which magazine) but I believe the name of the article was The Flower Whisperer and the gardener used hydrangeas in many of her floral designs.
Soo.... Here is my take on her creations. I used the dark purple kale/cabbage plant that you see this time of year, Sweet Annie, cut hydrangea from my bushes (when they were the shade of lime green/white/peach), dried orange Chinese lanterns, and dried grapevine wreath twigs. It may seem weird but if you just stick the flowers in moist soil the hydrangeas will stay that color for a couple of weeks As they dry out everything turns to a warm tan with different textures I keep it through Thanksgiving Day for my family gathering and that night when everyone leaves... out it comes! I wanted to post this early enough in case you were interested as your blooms change color in different parts of the region.
I will be linking up with At The Picket Fence http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/08/its-inspiration-friday-no-77welcome.html