27 February 2017

Floral Media - Make a Simple Floral Arrangement - from The Flower Book



This video features a new flower arranging book by flower farmer and floral designer Rachel Siegfried published by Dorling Kindersley.




The Flower Book explores 60 flower arrangements and features both individual flowers and finished bouquets in beautiful photography.

The arrangement in the video contains anemones, phlox, campanulas, agapanthus, green bells and eucalyptus in beautiful soft green and white colours. It shows you how to make a handtied bouquet in a few easy steps.

I hope you enjoyed the video and maybe it will even have given you some inspiration to make your own arrangement.

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back here on Wednesday morning.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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26 February 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 141 - by Vic Brotherson



'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 for everybody who is arranging and styling flowers.

pink tulips in blue ink bottles

" A collection of small glass bottles (condiments or perfume bottles are perfect) is an indispensable quick -fix for a table decoration or an awkward narrow shelf and the best part is they are economical to fill. Top them up with water and arrange on the table to ensure you get different heights and then fill them with a mix of roses.
When filling the bottles make sure all the stems touch the base of the vases, otherwise they can become top heavy (one of my pet hates). Also, try to ensure the stems run cleanly and simply beneath the flowerheads, as this is much more pleasing to the eye."
~ Vic Brotherson ~  


[Vic Brotherson: Top London florist, founder of the flower shop Scarlet and Violet in North West London and author of two books Vintage Flowers (2011) and Vintage Wedding Flowers (2014).]

[Quote: From Vic's first book Vintage Flowers.]

[Flowers: I have used a mix of two different pink tulips - the stems are cut very short. All flowers from my local flower stall in North London.]

[Vases/Containers: A collection of vintage blue ink bottles bought from various London antique markets over the years.]

[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 tomorrow morning with another Floral Media - a brand new video showing how to make a simple floral arrangement. 

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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24 February 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 102 - Rustic Country



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring pink waxflowers, purple Limonium with some good old parrot tulips that you might recognise.  


Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explaining 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 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."



After conditioning the flowers let them rest for a few hours or overnight just to give them time to absorb as much water as possible. If you are able to keep them in a cool place even better.


I have covered the table with a length of hessian fabric - leaving the cut edges 'raw' to give that overall feel of rustic country.


The two rustic terracotta jars are from Turkey. I bought them from a shop selling terracotta pots in all shapes and sizes right around the corner from my house. The shop was closing down and selling everything very cheap.

One has handles and the other one is a bit shorter and rounder and they are both perfect for flower arrangements. 


I bought the little green watering can at Chelsea Flower Show last year - but had not tried to use it for flowers yet. I put it under the tap to fill it with water and instead of filling up it started within seconds to leaking like a sieve. It just made me laugh as it was totally unexpected.  


The Limonium and the waxflowers are usually used as fillers for mixed flower arrangements. I thought they looked lovely together and mixed two bunches of each in the tall terracotta jar.

Filler flowers are usually sold for a lower price so perfect if you are on a budget. Lots of flowers and lots of colour for very little money. A perfect combination and a win, win situation!


Here is another image of the notorious watering can!

The deep pink parrot tulips I had used before in a previous blog post. They lasted for ages and I decided to use them again for this post. 

Here I simply swapped the container and put them instead in a matching terracotta jar. They looked perfect sitting in the background  of my 'Rustic Country' scene.



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 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: Rich pink parrot tulips, purple Limonium and pink waxflowers.]
[Vase/Container: Vintage rustic terracotta jars.]

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22 February 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 35 - Double Multi-Coloured Tulips


This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring some amazing double multi-coloured pink and green 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!"


These delicately coloured pink and green tulips are so delightful both in colour and shape that I didn't want anything to compete with them.

I used a large white vase that has an interesting texture on the outside. I picked it up for very little money from my local charity store.

The vase is big enough to hold quite a lot of stems. I have cut the stems at slightly different heights - taller in the centre and shorter around the sides.


I choose to combine them with only white - BUT white with texture. I picked out two necklaces both made from shells. Underneath is an old sack from my grandparents country store in Sweden - it has interesting writing on it and it has a coarse and interesting texture in the weave.  



In the background are three little cushions made from vintage fabrics and quilts. The backs of the cushion has sweet little mother of pearl buttons. 


I have used these tulips en masse - there are nearly thirty of them - surrounded by all white. It looks light and refreshing and so right at this moment in time. 

If only for the simple reason that I hope spring will soon be with us!!



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: From my local flower stall in North London.]
[Vase/Container: White contemporary quite large vase from local charity store.]
[Other props: From stylist own prop collection.]

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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.

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20 February 2017

Tiny Blooms - # 40 - Pink Limonium in Mini Bud Vase



This week on 'Tiny Blooms' I'm featuring pink Limonium in a pink mini bud vase.




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!"


While making larger arrangements you often make little off cuts that are perfectly fine but they are too short or in the wrong place. 

I always keep these little stems and make up small side arrangements. I often use something called bud vases. They can be tall and slender or you can also find short ones. They almost always have a narrow neck to hold just one flower stem. 

I'm using a short and dainty one here and I have cut the stems very short and then filled the vase with as many stems as I could fit in.

The colourful abalone shell is an interesting contrast to the arrangement and so is the wire basket filled with twine and balls of torn rags. 



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

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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


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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.

19 February 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 140 - by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo



'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 for everybody who is arranging and styling flowers.


"TULIPS
These spring beauties can sometimes be difficult to work with because of their bendy stems and ever-changing shape. They continue to grow after they are cut, so trim them a bit shorter than you normally would when you first use them in an arrangement. If you leave enough space in your arrangement to account for movement and growth, their opening process is a pleasure to watch."

 ~ Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo ~

[Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo: Founders of Studio Choo, a San Francisco based floral design studio and authors of The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book.]
[Quote from: The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (2013).]
[Flowers: Pink double tulips from my local flower stall in North 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 delight. 

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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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.

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17 February 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 101 - Pink Tulips in Zinc Vase


This week I have the pleasure to feature some beautiful pink parrot tulips and as a vase I have used a very worn and a bit rusty vintage zinc container.



Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explaining 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 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."



After conditioning the flowers let them rest for a few hours or overnight just to give them time to absorb as much water as possible. If you are able to keep them in a cool place even better.


The props that I have chosen are all black - in contrast to the grey zinc container and the rich pink colour of the tulips.

You'll find a 2 kg weight from my grandfather's country store back in Sweden, a silver bracelet from Mexico, an ornate vintage button from an old coat and a black jet brooch. 


At Christmas I was given a couple of these lovely Iittala votive candle holders from Finland. The name of them are Kastehelmi - which means dewdrops - referring to the pattern on the outside of the votive candle holder.


A very coarse piece of linen cloth adds an interesting textured contrast to the smooth marble surface and the elegant lines and shape of the flowers.


I always find it interesting how tulips keep growing even after they are cut and put into a vase or container.

I also try to keep as many leaves as I can - they add texture, interest, colour contrast and beauty to the arrangement.



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 with another 'Florets - a 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: Rich pink parrot tulips from my local flower stall in North London.]
[Vase/Container: Vintage zinc container.]

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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/