28 August 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 118 - by The Flower Appreciation Society




"The most common hydrangea that we see at the market is the aptly named mop-head variety. These rounded, voluptuous blooms perch on long straight stems, sitting like upside-down mops in their buckets. There are other types of hydrangeas that we like to use and buy whenever we see them. These include the various lacecap varieties, as well as Annabelle (Hydrangea arborescens) and Pink Diamond ( Hydrangea paniculata). Hydrangeas can be temperamental - sometimes we find they keep their shape even when they have dried (great sprayed gold for Christmas decorations) - other times they wilt almost as soon as they come out of their packaging. We suggest putting them in a bucket of cold water immediately, giving them a good spray (again using cold water) and searing the ends. To sear the ends you can either dip it in boiling water or hold it over a flame for a few seconds."


~ Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey ~

[Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey, The Flower Appreciation Society, British florists and authors of The Flower Appreciation Society - An A-Z of All Things Floral.]
[Quote from: The Flower Appreciation Society - An A Z of All things Floral.]
[Flowers: Blue hydrangea.]
[Containers: Vintage white and clear glass apothecary jars.]
[Styling and photography: © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

I hope you are enjoying your weekend - maybe doing some flower arranging or just spending time with family and friends!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Monday with a 'Floral Media' blog post and a lovely little video - and of course it's all about flowers. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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26 August 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 83 - Late Summer Grass, Seed Pods, Dark Foliage and White Alstroemeria


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' it's not just one bunch - but three! Well, they are to be displayed together to form a whole.


It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, 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 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.



Late summer is almost here and a few different colours, textures and shapes are available to buy or if you are lucky to have grasses and flower seed heads growing in your garden - NOW is the time to use them as cut flowers.

All the plants I'm using here are from Forever Green Flower Company.


I have used very few colours and instead focused on different shapes and textures. The love-in-the-mist seed heads and the delicate grass, Panicum, gives varied textures and adds lightness and movement. 

The dark foliage, Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo', gives contrast and works as a background for the green. The white trumpet shaped Alstroemeria has a totally different shape and texture to all the other plants as well as adding freshness

The three little arrangements are linked by using clear glass containers as vases and as a base a marble table and an off-white linen table runner. 


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

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

[All flowers, grass and seedheads are from Forever Green Flower Company.]

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24 August 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 15 - Pink and Purple Stock Flowers


Stock flowers, also called Matthiola, is a highly fragrant cottage garden favourite. 

We are this time taking a look at how to make a large abundant arrangement using a mix of pink and purple stock.


This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in 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 usual my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!



Oh, all those pretty, pink, and delicate flowers!



Two different purple colours - all from my local farmer's market.


I have used a white vase that I recently found at a charity store for very little money. The outside has a interesting heavily textured surface.

It's not old but I guess someone just didn't want it anymore and handed it in to the charity store. And then I came along and liked it.....! So now I have a fabulous "new" prop vase to use for my flower arrangements.
 

I wanted to make the arrangement look as big as possible without mixing in any other flowers or foliage. 

What I did was to keep as many of the leaves as I could - to help it look full and generous. 


The flowers are quite delicate and can easily fall off their little stems however careful you are. 


Don't throw them away! Gather them up and do what I have done here. Put them in a small bowl with a little bit of water and let the flowers float on the surface.

One last little bit of practical advice: Cut away any white parts at the bottom of the stems as they will not take up water. 


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 some more floral delights. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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22 August 2016

Tiny Blooms - # 37 - Two Pompon Dahlias


Dahlias comes in many different shapes, sizes and colours. Today we are taking a look at some pompon dahlias in two different colours. 


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

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 dahlias - they were out of fashion for a long time but are now back in favour and they are more popular than ever. 


At this time of year my two nearest farmers markets are now selling dahlias in every colour of the rainbow.

I find it very hard to resist the temptation to buy a bunch of every colour. Well, that is never a good idea! Some dahlias only last for a few days but most last for about 5-7 days.   


Enjoy the dahlias while they are around, mix a few colours or just use one colour on it's own. Leave a bit of foliage at the top to bring in some green between the big flower heads. Also keep the flower buds as a contrast and added texture - even though they might never open up if they are closed tightly.


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 some more floral delights. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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21 August 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 117 - by Melanie Molesworth



"A vase of fresh flowers gives instant warmth to a room filled with junk furniture. Flawless and relatively short-lived, floral arrangements provide a graceful counterpoint to the imperfections and timelessness of old furniture. The vivid shades introduce a note of intense colour that will lift the spirits, and such an injection of vitality can be particularly welcome in neutral room schemes."


~ Melanie Molesworth ~

[Melanie Molesworth: British, London based, journalist, freelance interior stylist and author of Junk Style.
[Quote from: Junk Style (1998) by Melanie Molesworth.]
[Flowers: Pink roses and chrysanthemums with Nigella seed pods.]
[Containers: Five vintage jugs with floral designs on the sides.]
[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 next week with more floral delights. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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19 August 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 82 - Pink Hydrangea


It's Hydrangea season and I found some fabulous bright pink Hydrangea with very long stems. Tall flowers are not always easy to arrange. Here is what I did!


It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, 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 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 have three quite large, clear glass bottles with quite narrow necks. Tall containers with narrow necks are not always the best proportions for flowers - so they don't get used that often.

Well, here was an opportunity to try them out on my long stemmed Hydrangea.



I wanted to keep the stems as tall as possible - so these old vintage bottles turned out to be perfect. I only had five stems - so I knew I could only put one or two stems in each bottle.


Tall stems demands tall containers - but they also have to sit right in the container. If the neck is too wide you need a lot of stems and as we all know that will end up expensive. 

The heads of the hydrangeas are also rather big - but tall stems, big flower heads and tall containers with narrow necks turned out perfect. 

I will also later dry the flowers - so they will give me even more pleasure over the autumn and winter months. 

A win, win situation! 



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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back On Sunday with a floral quote by a well known British stylist, journalist and author . 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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17 August 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 14 - Deep Pink Dahlias


This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in 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 usual my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!



I came across these amazing deep pink dahlias at my local farmers' market. This big bunch is made up from three smaller ones. They were just perfect in every way and so cheap I couldn't resist them! 

I have used a florist's zinc bucket for the flowers - instead of a more traditional vase - perfect for the garden.


I wanted to do a little informal summer place setting for the garden. 


Added some fresh fruit - grapes, plums and a few berries.


A nautical inspired fabric in a traditional blue and white stripe is combined with purple napkins and some vintage floral side plates.


Purple place cards and mini Bon Maman jam and honey jars.


A cool summer drink with seasonal berries - white wine and raspberries.


There is always something special about eating outdoors. Add some cushions and an umbrella and of course pile on the flowers!!


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

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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