The hydrangeas are plentiful around here this year.
I've cut them for arrangements and given some to others when they were fresh and now I'm going to keep some that I'm drying.
The trick is to wait until they are older and are starting to change their looks. They develop an almost papery texture and they shift coloring. These are Limelight Hydrangeas that start out white, shift to a soft green then to this rose tone. Eventually the ones still on the shrub will darken into a deeper rose tone and then shift to brown when they are finally done.
I caught these while they still have some green mixed in with the soft rose tones that they finish off with. They have been without water for a few days but the little green leaves still look fresh. I'm going to cut some more of these as they get darker.
Early Fall Hydrangeas in the Morning Sun!