My MIL has two wonderful hydrangea bushes in her front garden and when she told me she was about to cut them back so I could get the pram past I jumped in there quick. After a little research I wanted to try and preserve them using glycerine. This is what I did, and how they turned out!
Make it Monday: HydrangeasNovember 23, 2009
I seared the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds.
The next day I made up a solution of 1 part glycerine to 2 parts hot tap water so I had a couple of centimeters in a jam jar and then leave the stems in the mixture until it has all been absorbed or evaporated.
I had mixed results! Some of them worked and the flowers feel smooth and silky.
Some did not work but instead they just seemed to dry out so they are fine and I have used them in a goldfish bowl and in the candelabra on the dining room table for now. I may use them for a wreath for the front door for Christmas or perhaps table decorations.