29 May 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 114 - Shane Connolly



"I can never decide if peonies are a spring finale or a precursor to summer. Perhaps it's because they appear in the flower markets long before they open in the cooler climate of the garden. Either way they gently blur the seasonal edges and I quite like that.

Luckily they look wonderful with the last tulips of spring or with the first flowers of summer. Or, and this is my favourite way, completely on their own.

There are few flowers so completely sumptuous, and quite frankly, as buxom, as a fully opened double peony. A wide range of beautiful colours gives them very different characters but these exquisite shell pink specimens are without doubt the refined, couture-clad princesses of the peony world."

~ Shane Connolly ~ 

[Shane Connolly: florist and event designer, he designed the flowers for the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, author of three books - A Year in Flowers, Table Flowers and The Language of Flowers.]
[Quote from: A Year in Flowers (2012).]
[Flowers: Pink double peony.]
[Container: Vintage apothecary glass jar with lettering on side.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]



Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous floral Sunday!

I'm taking a little break from 'Florets' over the summer. I'll be back in the early autumn with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.

Ingrid

~ xoxo ~


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27 May 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 78 - Anemones



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.  



This week, on 'A Bunch for the Weekend', I'm featuring some hot pink Anemones. As a vase I'm using a vintage apothecary jar - that normally comes with a stopper. This one has a large enough neck to comfortably fit a handful of 10-15 stems.
  

Around the neck of the jar I have tied a few strands of black and white baker's twine. It picks up the dark and very beautiful centre of the Anemones.

Anemones can be quite delicate so they should be handled with care. They have a hollow hairy stem and should be placed in shallow water. In deep water they have a tendency to rot.


On a little white ceramic plate I have placed a mix of black vintage glass buttons, a pair of black clip-on earrings and a mini belt buckle. They are all from the Victorian era when black jewellery was very popular.   


I love Anemones with their almost black button centre and their frilly petal collar, They can be a little challenging to use as they continue to grow in the vase and the stems tend to bend. But it's well worth it as they come in so many gorgeous colours and they last much longer than you think!  


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

I'll be be back on Sunday with another 'Florets' - a quote from a passionate flower lover.
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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25 May 2016

Flowers and Ribbons - # 6 - Clematis and Sweet Peas



This series of blog posts is called 'Flowers and Ribbons' and is a collaboration I do with the ribbon designer and wrapping expert Jane Means. We are an international team of bloggers who use Jane's ribbons in some of our posts while Jane provides us with her ribbons.

I wanted to show how you in different ways can combine ribbons with flowers and make the whole arrangement that little bit extra special.


The flowers that I have used here are purple clematis and two different sweet peas both similar in colour as well as picking up the purple in the clematis. 


I have used ribbons in two different ways. The first one is just simply tied around the container of the main flower arrangement. In this case a grey metal container and the ribbon I have used is a stitched grosgrain in a dark grey colour. The ribbon is almost black so it still show some contrast with the grey colour of the container. 


The second way is around the stems of a mini posy of sweet peas. I have used a narrower stitched grosgrain ribbon but it's in the same grey colour. I also added a purple luggage tag to the ribbon.

The little glasses, with the floral motif, that I'm using as vases are from Anthropologie


The clematis that you can buy from the flower stalls and florist shops is different to the climbing clematis that you might grow in your garden. It's cultivated to grow long straight stems that is easily mixed with other flowers. If you can find this kind of clematis - go for it - it's well worth it and they keep on flowering and I love the bell-shaped flowers.


It's always fun to be able to use flowers that are a little bit unusual - using clematis and sweet peas together has worked out to be a great combination. 


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

I'll be back on Friday with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


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23 May 2016

Floral Media - McQueens Flowers Create with Waterford Vases




This time on 'Floral Media' we are taking a look at a range of Waterford vases. It's the head tutor Wagner, at the London florist McQueens', who makes six pretty flower arrangements in six very different vases.

These vases vary from small vases for posies to round rose vases as well as tall flared vases for larger arrangements. 

It's interesting to see how different vases work so well with different flowers.

Enjoy the video, the vases and the flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Monday!

I'll be back on Wednesday with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~



P.S. Ilana Hanukov from Waterford/Purple contacted me to say how much she enjoyed my post and asked if I would include Waterfords social media handles. Which I happily do here: Instagram : @waterfordeurope, Twitter: @Waterford_UK, Facebook: Waterford Europe

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22 May 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 113 - by Lewis Miller



"I tend to like combinations that either follow each other on the color wheel, like red, red-orange, and orange, or that falls on opposite sides of the wheel, like orange and blue. Successful color pairings are ones that have an unexpected twist, like coral with pink and rust, which is an alluring mix of hues. The rust is crucial in that trinity; without it the resulting floral arrangement is too sweet, it's as though your teeth will fall out just from looking at it! Salmon and olive; ruby, cerise, and coral; dusty lavender,aubergine, and champagne: these surprising combinations keep your eyes engaged and delighted."
~ Lewis Miller ~

[Lewis Miller: American, New York-based floral designer, founder of Lewis Miller Design, making flower arrangements for private and corporate clients and author of Styling Nature.]
[Quote from: Styling Nature by Lewis Miller2016.]
[Flowers: Ranunculus.]
[Container: Vintage glass bottles.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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

I'll be back on Monday with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


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20 May 2016

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - It's Time for Flowers!



Here is another FLOWERS from Titti Malmberg and and the theme is 'It's Time for Flowers'. Well as far as I'm concerned it's always the right time for flowers. But spring is a particularly special time of year with an explosion of stunning flowers.


I'm featuring another variation of gorgeously scented stock and sweet peas. This time in beautiful pink colours.


The stems of the flowers were very long and like made for a large and generous arrangement. So this time I used an oversized vintage pickling jar and positioned each stem at a diagonal in the container. The flower went to one side leaning on the edge of the vase and the bottom of the stem to the other side at the bottom of the jar.

I started with the more sturdy stock flowers arranging them around the edge of the container followed by the sweet peas. It's quite easy to feed the narrow sweet pea stems through the stock flowers. You need to be a little bit careful as the stems are delicate and the flowers are fragile and just space them evenly throughout the arrangement. 


As always a few little props - this time a small vase in a matching colour and some books about the very interesting fashion designer Issey Miyake.


In the background is a bright pink watering can - I might add that is has never been used in the garden! I wonder why? Maybe because it would not look nice for very long.


Don't hesitate to use the same flowers over and over again. With a little bit of creating thinking and some variation in colour and size as well as using different vases and containers - you can make the arrangements look quite different. Also think about adding some interesting props that either matches or contrasts the flowers. 


If you go over to Titti's blog you can see her interpretation of this week's theme. Here is the link to her blog. 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a lovely floral day!

Titti and I will be back in June with some more FLOWERS with new and interesting themes.

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18 May 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 9 - Guelder Rose and Sweet Peas



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!


Guelder rose is a very popular ornamental deciduous shrub with mop-shaped heads of delicate, tiny flowers on a woody stem. The botanical name is Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'. The colour of the flowers is a beautifully delicate creamy to lime green.


Sweet peas are simply irresistible and has become a favourite spring and summer flower. It comes in a wide range of colours - white, cream, pale blue, lilac, purple, pale pink, cerise pink, burgundy and multicoloured. 

Handle the flowers carefully - the petals mark easily, and are sensitive to ethylene gas - so don't place them next to a fruit bowl. 


I made two round flower arrangements for each flower and used two white but very different containers. An unglazed vintage little jug for the sweet peas giving a romantic feel. For the guelder I used a contemporary also unglazed vase by the Swedish artist Bertil Vallien.

I find the the two colours together very exciting - one dark and moody, yet pretty and romantic and the other cool, fluffy and light.  

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

Titti Malmberg from HWIT BLOGG and I will be be back on Friday with another 'FLOWERS by ingrid and titti' - and a new theme with lots of flowers.
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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