26 September 2016

Floral Media - Minna Mercke Schmidt's book Styla och Dekorera


Minna Mercke Schmidt is a Swedish photographer, floral stylist and author and she writes the very popular blog Blomsterverkstad. 



Minna has written her blog since 2006 and on it she features floral wreaths, bouquets and all kinds of other types of floral arrangements. She often mixes in leaves, berries, fruit and vegetables as well as branches and moss.

Here are a few pages from her fourth book. So far you can only get it in Swedish - instead let the beautiful images inspire you!

Have a fabulous and floral Monday and I hope you have enjoyed looking at Minna's beautiful images!

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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25 September 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 122 - by Tricia Guild



"Flowers in themselves are neither old-fashioned nor new. Like clothes, it is the way in which they are used that lets them be seen in new ways. Displayed singly, in a simple glass vase, even traditional, cottage-garden flowers such as pansies, nasturtiums and love-in-the-mist can be seen in all their startling, sculptural beauty. Gerberas or cultivated orchids have the graphic impact of an abstract painting. Be brave. Use clashing colours. Play with patterns and textures. The boldest blooms will stand out against the brightest colours."
~ Tricia Guild and Elspeth Thompson ~ 

[Tricia Guild OBE: British interior designer, founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild; and author of fifteen books.]
[Elspeth Thompson (1961-2010) British author of fifteen books on gardening, interiors and crafts; and journalist for The Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian and the observer - writing on gardening and interiors.]
[Quote from: Flowers by Tricia Guild.]
[Flowers: Colourful clashing Zinnias.]
[Ribbons from Jane Means' Ribbon Collection.]
[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'll be back on Monday with another Floral Media - a short video all about a new book. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


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23 September 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 86 - Pink Snowberries and Pink Chrysanthemums


Autumn can be full of quite bright colours like these pink and white snowberries combined with strong pink chrysanthemums.


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.




The botanical name for Snowberries is Symphoricarpos and it's a shrub with distinctive ornamental berries that appears in the late summer, early autumn. 


When any of the berries go brown - remove them by gently holding the individual berry and twist it off it's little branch. Don't pull and don't squeeze. If you do the berry will pop and make a mess. 


Look out for the gorgeous pink and white one but the all white one is also beautiful and very fresh looking. 

They last for about 7- 14 days - so good value for money.


Combine them - as I have done here, with chrysanthemums or go even more dramatic with dahlias or Amaryllis.

If the branches has thick stems you might need a pair of secateurs. Trim the stem at an angles as usual and then cut an extra vertical cut up the stem. This is to increase the surface area for the plant to take up water.  


Snowberries are only one of many autumn berries to enjoy at this time of year. Many works perfectly as cut flowers. Most of them are easy to condition, lasts for a long time and what could be better than enjoying all the gorgeous seasonal colours that is on offer.  


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 another floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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21 September 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 19 - Two Pink Chrysanthemums


Let me set the scene. You are just home from a long day of being on your feet - kick off your shoes, grab a cup of herbal tea and a good book. Sit down in a favourite chair - made even more comfortable with a cushion and a warm blanket - and NOW you can also enjoy the flowers you made earlier!


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!


What could be simpler than two different pink chrysanthemums in an old apothecary jar. The jar is a little chipped and the lid is missing but that has never stopped me making use of it. 


I've used two pink colours - but twice as many stems of the darker colour with just a few of the lighter pink to lift the whole colour scheme.


The chair is a Lloyd Loom chair from the 1930's - in it's original colour! The cushion is made from a vintage patchwork quilt. Both the cushion and the chair are almost perfectly matching the flowers.


The book is by Nessa Buonomo and is called Tables fleuries. Nessa is a florist and she writes the blog La Mariee aux Pieds NusThis is her third book and if you are wondering - and yes, it's only so far published in french. She makes lovely flower arrangements - a little wild country style and very beautiful.


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. Hope to see you then. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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


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19 September 2016

Floral Media - DIY Flower Arrangement




On this week's 'Floral Media' I'm showing a short video presented by Funny How Flowers Do That with Bloom and Wild.

They are showing us how to make a vase arrangement using a grid made from cello tape. By making a grid you will make the flowers stay in the place you want them to stay. 

I hope you'll enjoy this DIY flower arranging video! 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.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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18 September 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 121 - by Malin Hidesäter



" Ah, lovely, colourful and sweet-scented chrysanthemums! Come the autumn, there are so many varieties to choose between, and they last for ages. A 3,000-year-old legend tells how the emperor of China ordered a few of his men to seek out a magic herb that would bring eternal youth. The men returned with some twigs of chrysanthemum. Eternal youth or not, chrysanthemums is now second only to the rose in terms of numbers sold."
~ Malin Hidesäter ~

[Malin Hidesäter: Swedish florist, flower expert, stylist, TV presenter and author of two books - Flower Power and Krukväxter.]
[Quote from: Flower Power (2007) by Malin Hidesäter and Anna Skoog (photographer).]
[Flowers: Pink and orange chrysanthemums.]
[Container: Vintage giant clear glass pickling jar.]


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I'll be back on Monday with another Floral Media - a short video all about how to make some DIY flower arrangement. 

Ingrid 


~ xoxo ~


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

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16 September 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 85 - Hydrangea and Eucalyptus


I know that I have featured a lot of Hydrangeas lately - but what's a girl to do? A major weakness for hydrangeas? Well, that might be an understatement.... so here we go again....!


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.



These beautifully coloured hydrangeas has a delicate mix of light pink and equally light green petals.


As a little bit of a contrast colour I added some muted grey green Eucalyptus foliage.

In the background is a small 'side vase' with a very, very delicate grass called Panicum. 


I have also made some napkin rings by simply tying a thin ribbon around a folded napkin and then stuck some sprigs of eucalyptus and hydrangea under the ribbon.

The ribbons are from Jane Means' ribbon collection. It's a narrow stitched grosgrain with pink stitching along the middle.


On the little foot stool are two Marimekko Iittala Kivi tea light holders. These two are in clear glass but they come in many different beautiful colours.

The other tealight holder is from Georg Jensen it's called Bloom and is made of stainless steel. I love the simplicity of the shape and the silver colour.

The painting in the background is by my dear and very talented sister-in-law Amy Trachtenberg.


Hydrangeas are only with us for a little bit longer - enjoy them while you can....!



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 another floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

[Ribbons from Jane Means' ribbon collection. I am part of Jane Means' Ribbon Bloggers Team - who on a regular bases feature Jane's ribbons.]

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