we have several different varieties of hydrangeas in our yard which provide a profuse amount of flowers during the summer months. seriously, i think have have fresh cut hydrangeas in most rooms of the house during july and august. while they are spectacular during the height of their color, i have fallen in love with their changing colors after they peak. this is my favorite time to cut them, put them in about and inch of water and let them dry out. this way we have color all winter long. a gentle reminder of what is to come after the winter thaw.