I just adore hydrangeas. Indoors and out! Have you ever tried to dry them and have this happen? Me too~ I read and studied and read some more and here is my version. 1. Keep a close eye on them. While they are in full color enjoy them outdoors. It's too early to clip them for drying because they still contain way too much moisture. Clipping for pleasure is just fine but they wont dry well at this time. 2.Mine are pink. They come in so many colors depending on your soil or family. Because mine are dark pink I will wait till they start to fade..as you can see here they are starting to lose their luster. 3.wait for it... 4. I wait till mine are almost bleached by the sun. This is when they are perfect for cutting. The moisture in the blooms are about gone at this time. I just clip away and enjoy my harvest! You don't have to hang them upside to dry because if you wait till just the right moment they will do all of their drying right on their bush before cutting. I have read where you can add color by using dye. I was thinking maybe food color or blueberry juice. That may give it more of a natural look. As for me...I like them just natural!