I don’t remove my spent hydrangea blossoms when the colors fade. I enjoy their faded beauty throughout the winter. I also keep in mind that new blooms will emerge only on old wood. Pruning my hydrangeas is always done very carefully, if at all; I only cut away stems that I know aren’t viable.
I also have a two-fold purpose in leaving the blooms on the stem throughout winter. By the end of the season, most of the dried flowers will have lost their flesh, leaving behind a beautiful skeletonized version of themselves. I press these to use in pressed flower crafts. Check back later this week for a demonstration of how I press the winterized hydrangeas.
This post is part of Cee’s Flower of the Day.