1 May 2017

Floral Media - Flower Stylist Ruby Mary Lennox



This week on 'Floral Media' - I'm featuring a short video showing a video portrait of a flower stylist called Ruby Barber. Here is a link to some of their beautiful work.




Here is Funny How Plants Do That's presentation of Ruby Mary Lennox:

"We are proud to present Exposé, a series of portraits in which we introduce you to remarkable trend-setting people involved with flowers and/or plants. In issue #15 we focus our attention on Mary Lennox, run by 'flower stylist, botanical set designer and consultant' Ruby Barber in Berlin."


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Monday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back later in the week with more floral delights.

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.


30 April 2017

Flowers of the Month - April 2017



Today is the last day of April and it's time for another round-up of what I have been up to this last month. 

In 'Flowers of the Month' I feature all the different flowers and floral arrangements that I styled, photographed and posted exclusively on my blog 'Of Spring and Summer'.


I post about four times a week so by the end of the month I have quite a few images to look back on.

The title of the post under the image - is also a link to the post - if you would like to see it again or you missed it.






























Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Sunday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back here Monday morning with another little video on 'Floral Media'. 


I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]


P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 12 000 followers and I have around 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

28 April 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 110 - Soft Pink Peonies and Baby's Breath



It might be cold and hailing - but the peonies have arrived!! Gorgeous with their large multi layered frilly flower heads.  


Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explain my thinking behind these particular posts:

"It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and in this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend', I will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient, easy and most affordable for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 


Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will last longer and they will be a lot cheaper.


Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible."



To encourage peonies to open up, hold the flowers upside down and spray with water to remove the sticky sap on the buds.


Baby's Breath or as they are also called - Gypsophila is a great 'filler' with it's frothy white little flowers.


Peonies are glamorous and come in shades of white, pink, peach and crimson. They will take a few days to open up - but its worth waiting for!


Peonies are lovely on their own in a simple vase or container. The flowers are so large and impressive they often don't need anything else - but can be mixed with for example like here the light and delicate Gypsophila. 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be here on Sunday morning. It's the last of April so I'll be back with another 'Flowers of the Month'. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: Pale pink peonies and Baby's Breath from my favourite local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: A large clear glass pickling jar - bought at one of the many antique markets in London.]

[Other props: A vintage white painted wooden chair from Sweden, a painted plant stand and some linen fabric - all from stylist's own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/


26 April 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 39 - Lilac Double Tulips



Tulips are still available to buy at flower stalls and the florist and what is really exciting is that now they are also flowering in the garden.

This week on 'Creative with Flowers' I'm featuring som very pretty lilac double tulips. 


This is a little "statement" that I add to the post - briefly explaining my thinking behind the posts:

"This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in new and creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As always my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!"


I bought two bunches of this beautiful lilac tulip from the flower stall. It's the kind of double tulip that is stunning both when the flowers are tightly closed as well as when they open up and become almost double the size.


This is all happening while the flower stems are growing, so you are presented with a different view of floral beauty every day.

To make the flowers last as long as possible - put them in a cool place during the night. 


The fabric used as a tablecloth picks up the colour in the flowers. It has an interesting circular pattern that is repeated in the shell necklace. The straw hat makes you wish for those long hot summer days that hopefully will soon be here...... 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Wednesday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Friday with another 'A Bunch for the Weekend'. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you here then - a new post - new flowers - bright and early first thing in the morning.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: A big bunch of lilac double tulips. All flowers from my favourite local flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: White vase with an interesting textured surface. Found at one of my local charity stores.]

[Other props: Fabric, hat and necklace are  all from stylists own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/

24 April 2017

Floral Media - Dior Tokyo 2017 - The Show Video



This week on 'Floral Media' - I'm featuring a short video showing a Dior fashion show that took place in Tokyo - a couple of days ago. You might ask - what does fashion have to do with flowers? Well, watch and enjoy!


I'm always fascinated when I see example of how much designers, artists and craftspeople are inspired and influenced by nature - and most of the time it's mainly flowers.

I have previously shown you videos of fashion shows where both the stage and the clothes has a floral concept.
Here and here.  

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Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Monday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back later in the week with more floral delights.

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


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P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/

23 April 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 149 - by Rachel Siegfried



'Florets - Floral Quote' is a series of blog posts where I feature quotes by authors - mostly well known - but you will also find some obscure ones.

All of them have written one or several books about flowers, gardening, interior styling or interior design. Many are experts in their field but what is the most important is that they are all passionate about flowers.

I love books and in my ever growing library I look for quotes that I hope will be both helpful and useful while arranging and styling flowers.



" A top favourite for many, the tulips celebrates spring with a real panache. I always feel spoilt by the overwhelming choice of colour and variety this flamboyant flower provides after the limited palette of the winter months. Unlike most other flowers, tulips continue to grow after they are cut, stretching and bending towards the light. This makes them an unpredictable, but fascinating addition to an arrangement."

 ~ Rachel Siegfried ~ 


[Rachel Siegfried: British, Oxfordshire based flower farmer and floral designer, founder of Green and Gorgeous and author of The Flower Book (2017).]

[Quote from: The Flower Book by Rachel Siegfried.]

[Flowers: This tulip is called Tulipa 'Spring Green' and is bought at my favourite local flower stall in North West London]

[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]


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Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back next week with more floral delights.

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


*****

P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/

21 April 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 109 - Mauve Sweet Peas



It's time to do a little bit of planning for the weekend and to buy some flowers is ALWAYS a good idea! 
Hello, that is why I do this blog series called 'A Bunch for the Weekend'.......


Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explain my thinking behind these particular posts:

"It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and in this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend', I will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient, easy and most affordable for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 


Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will last longer and they will be a lot cheaper.


Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible."



I always feel that there is something very special about sweet peas. 


The ruffled shape of the petals, the almost endless range of colours and their intense sweet scent - are some of the reasons for these flowers being so popular. 


I have simply put twenty stems of of sweet peas all the same colour in a vintage French Pernod glass bottle. I found the bottle at a car boot sale in Suffolk a couple of years ago. I love the texture and the shape of the bottle.

All I had to do before putting them in the glass container was to trim the stems - so very quick and easy!  


I borrowed three sea urchin shells from my daughter. They match the colour of the flower petals perfectly. The very thin muslin adds some interesting texture to the image.


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Sunday morning with another 'Florets - a new floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: Pale mauve sweet peas from my favourite local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: A vintage French cafe Pernod glass bottle - bought at a car boot sale in Suffolk.]

[Other props: A vintage basket, a cup made by the Swedish potter Lotta Zerrander, three sea urchin shells and some muslin fabric - all from stylist's own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

*****
P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/