26 March 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 145 - by Selina Lake



'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.  



"Spring - We welcome the first signs of spring as the bulbs planted the previous autumn bursts into flower, giving an array of sunny yellow daffodils, hyacinths tulips and giant alliums. The white magnolia and cherry blossom trees begin to bloom and for a few weeks the blossom is heavenly - I always cut a few stems to enjoy indoors."

~ Selina Lake ~ 


[Selina Lake: British, freelance interior stylist and author of seven books.]

[Quote from: Botanical Style by Selina Lake, 2016.]

[Flowering branches: Pink cherry blossoms - from my local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Container and vase: Vintage tall cylindrical clear glass container and small pink vase with a heavily textured surface.]

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


*****


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Monday morning with another 'Floral Media' - showing a video featuring a botanical spring brunch - that I think we can all find inspiration from.

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 have just over 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.

24 March 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 106 - Hot Pink Anemones



This time on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I have done a super easy arrangements with hot pink Anemones - even the container is simple and easy. 


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 and easy 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."



Two bunches of dark pink Anemones gives you a substantial amount of flowers that will have some impact on any table or sideboard.

These particular ones have quite long stems, and I wanted to leave them long, so they demanded a large container. 

I did a handtied bunch - without actually tying anything around the stems. I just wanted all the stems to be parallel when you looked at them through the glass jar.

Quick, easy and lots and lots of colour!    


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 ~

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

[Flowers: Hot pink Anemones from my favourite local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: A quite big clear glass jar. Bought at one of the many London antique markets.]

[Other props: Linen cloth, muslin fabric and backdrop from stylist's own prop collection.]

*****
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/


22 March 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 36 - Colourful Spring Tulips


This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring a mixed lot of very colourful spring tulips.

What is it many of us crave at this time of year? Colour of course! 


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!"


It's early spring - but many places around the world are still covered with snow. We all long for some warmth and above all colour.

Well, flowers are a perfect distraction and they come in all sorts of different colours. Just pick what you love.


Before I carry on showing more images of the beautiful tulips and the props that I've used. I just wanted to show you a 'behind the scene' shot!

It's a stage that is easily forgotten about - probably because it's often not a very pretty stage - well just a bit messy......

Before I started I knew I wanted to use some colourful little glasses that I have. I also knew I had to cut the tulip stems very short. What struck me when looking at the pile of leaves and stems on the counter was that I discarded more of the flowers than what was left........well I did keep the pretty part of the flower at least!   


The props this time are - a bright pink watering can, a vintage very worn little lantern, a piece of yellow fabric with a circular pattern and a hessian sack from my grandfather's country store back in Sweden. It has the words "Triangelns Kaffe" printed on the side - the name of an old classic Swedish coffee brand.  


I bought three bunches of already mixed tulips - it had a mix of colours as well as a few different varieties of mostly double tulips. So overall a great mix already done for me.


There are six glasses in different colours - but I have only put flowers in three of them. I was able to put ten flowers, stems cut very short so that the flowerheads sit just above the edge of the glass. So maximum colour from both flowers and glasses - perfect for this time of year!


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' all about how to make a lovely bunch of flowers to enjoy over the weekend. 

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[Flowers: Mixed colourful spring tulips. They are all from my local flower stall in North London.]
[Vase/Container: Colourful small glasses in a carrier - bought from a local charity store.]
[Other props: From stylist own prop collection.]

*****
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/

20 March 2017

Floral Media - Azuma Makoto's Flowers in Ice


This week on 'Floral Media' I'm featuring Azuma Makoto who is a flower artist and botanical sculptor. This is a short video how Azuma creates his floral sculptures.

If you remember I have shown his work previously on 'Of Spring and Summer'. In 2016 he created very large ice sculptures with frozen flowers for the fashion designer Dries van Noten's fashion show in Paris. It was the S/S 2017 Ready-To Wear collection called Say It With Flowers. Here is the link.


Azuma Makoto is also the owner of the flower shop Jardin des Fleurs in Tokyo, Japan.

I hope you enjoyed the video with these strange but stunning floral sculptures.


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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[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 and an email will come right into your inbox.



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 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.


19 March 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 144 - by Rachel Siegfried



'Florets - Floral Quote' is a series of blog posts where I feature quotes by authors - mostly well known in the flower world but you will also find some more 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 for everybody who is arranging and styling flowers.  

Yellow Daffodils in Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase


"Narcissus make up for their limited choice in colour with an amazing variety of forms. These range from the well-known trumpet form of the daffodil, to the more unusual split corona - which looks more like an exotic orchid. Lending themselves to informal arrangements, narcissi look lovely when a few varieties are combined in a simple jug or vase."

~ 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: Yellow daffodils. Flowers from my local flower stall in North West London]

[Vase/Container: White glass vase designed by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.]

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


*****

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/

17 March 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 105 - Two Different Carnations


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring two very different carnations - they are long lasting and good value for money. 


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 and easy 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."



The combination of the two words 'carnations' and 'supermarket' doesn't sound too good - does it?

I'm of the opinion that most flowers are beautiful and I also question the belief that all flowers from a supermarket are 'bad' flowers.   


Well, how bad can they be? I have to admit that not all mixed bunches have good combinations of flowers in them. But flowers are only really bad if they have been neglected and are ready for the compost heap.


Supermarket flowers are often quite fresh and have 'best before' dates on the packaging. Yes, they often come from far away - Africa or South America and a lot of people question that fact and are keen on buying locally grown flowers instead.   


Carnations or Dianthus as they are also called and the smaller type of carnations are called spray carnations with several flowers on each stem.

They are very long lasting - can last for up to three weeks if well looked after.


I bought two different coloured carnations - two bunches of each. One deep red and one off-white with speckles and coloured edgings in the same colour as the solid coloured one. 

I used an off-white charity store vase, a few simple tealight holders and some fun baker's twine in different colours. 

I have chosen to just simply mix the two colours in quite a big neutral vase and I have kept the stems as long as possible to achieve a little bit of height.

I wanted these simple flowers to be centre stage - so I have kept everything around them very simple apart from the black and red baker's twine.

Always look out for simple flowers weather they are from the supermarket or from a farmers' market.


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 ~

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

[Flowers: Carnations/Dianthus in two different colours. Flowers from a local supermarket in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: A vintage off-white vase with interesting geometric pattern on the sides. Found it in a local charity store and bought for very little money.]

[Other props: From stylist's own prop collection.]

*****
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/


13 March 2017

Tiny Blooms - # 41 - Pale Blue Grape Hyacinths



This week on 'Tiny Blooms' I'm featuring a bunch of grape hyacinths in a gorgeous pale blue colour.

I have put them in a floral blue and white Victorian jug that picks up the blue colour in the flowers.


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

"This series of blog posts - called 'Tiny Blooms' - are about small flower arrangements. Small - might be the size of the flower or the amount of stems I'm using; or it could be the size of the container. 

It can also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's simple, quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself a lot of creative freedom!"


I love to match the colour of the flowers with a similar coloured vase or container. Here the colour of the grape hyacinths are very similar in colour to the floral pattern on the old jug. The little vintage ink glass bottle also picks up the pale blue colour and the contemporary black metal plate makes an interesting contrast.

Grape Hyacinths also called Muscari are easy to grow in the garden and will spread quite easily. They are a welcome sight in the early spring.

Stems are usually short so these flowers are perfect in jars, small vases or jugs. 


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I look forward to seeing later in the week - when I'll be back with more floral delights.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

[Flowers: Grape Hyacinths from my local flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: Vintage Victorian blue and white floral patterned milk jug bought at a London antique market.]

[Other props: From stylists own prop collection.]


*****

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.