9 December 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 94 - Paperwhites


In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring another winter arrangement. This time it's a white theme - white paperwhites with some contrasting grey-green foliage and lots of very subtle textures from linen fabrics, yarn and glass.


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.



Paperwhites are such a welcome addition and works so well as a contrast to all the bright colours at this time of year. The colour is sparkling white with a yellow centre and the delicate petals form a star shaped flower. They are also heavenly scented and brings joy to a quiet month on the flower front.

The beautiful bunch of paperwhite flowers are UK grown by Cel Robertson on her organic flower farm Forever Green Flower Company in Norfolk.   


Eucalyptus foliage is another perfect Christmas plant - mix it with almost any flower, used on it's own or mixed with other foliage in garland or wreaths. 


The Iittala candle holder is an old favourite of mine and while growing up in Sweden I remembering loving all the Finnish design - so much more bold and daring than the rest of the world.


This Iittala votive holder was first designed in 1964 by the Finnish designer Oiva Toikka and he called it Kastehelmi - that translates into 'dewdrops'. It's pressed glass and the pattern of droplets makes the candle light play on the surface.


The three skeins of yarn is ecologically grown and Faitrade Pakucho cotton - sold by a company in Sweden called Alpaca Of Sweden.


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'll see you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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8 December 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 27 - Pink Tulips



This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring a bunch of bright pink double tulips. A great flower for this time of year especially if you don't keep them too warm.


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!


The two main colours in the colour scheme are pink and blue with a bit of grey mixed in. There are also a mixture of vintage and new. Contemporary with just a small selection of old antiques. 


Tulips will last longer if you are able to put them somewhere cool at night and during the day in the house keep them away from radiators, fires, electronics that generate heat and out of the sun.


The small cups that I'm using as candle holders for some tea-lights are by the Swedish potter Lotta Zerrander. Whenever I'm in Sweden I always visit her workshop in the south of Sweden in an area called Österlen. In conjunction to her home and workshop she also has a shop and a beautiful gallery. It's all converted from an old Swedish farm that is lovely and very charming.


Not only can you use her little cups as candle holders but also as cups for tea or coffee or at this time of year for hot glögg. I also often use them as vases for small bunches of flowers.


Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, so to allow for the change in height you can cut the stems a bit shorter than you would normally do. Then just enjoy the growth and seeing the flowers opening up is a pleasure to watch.



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

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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5 December 2016

Floral Media - McQueens Flowers - How to Create a Christmas Wreath


This weeks 'Floral Media' is all about Christmas. The top London florist McQueens Flowers has made a short video showing us how to create a wreath for your front door. 



Selina, florist at McQueens Flowers demonstrates how to build a festive silvery Christmas wreath - using blue pine, frosted pinecones, waxed apples and silver asparagus fern.

The pinecones, apples and asparagus fern is first wired. A wireframe is filled with moss and held in place with florist wire. The the blue pine is then wired onto the frame and last all the silver sprayed ornaments.


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I hope you enjoyed this video and maybe it will have inspired you to make your own Christmas wreath this year.


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

~ xoxo ~

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

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4 December 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 133 - by Malin Hidesäter




"The Amaryllis is a bulbous plant that has become increasingly popular as a cut flower. New varieties and colours are being introduced each year and there seems to be no end to the inventiveness of the breeders: there are single and double amaryllis, large or small bells, striped and streaked ones and they come in red, purple, orange, pink and white. The amaryllis is such a grand flower in its own right it scarcely needs other flowers. Even so, a little foliage, like olive branches or eucalyptus, can look beautiful. When you buy amaryllis there is often a stick inside the stalk and a rubber band at the end. Leave these in place: the stick supports the stalk and the rubber band prevents it curling up. The season for amaryllis is September until the end of May but it is most common around Christmas. It lasts for up to two weeks."


~ 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.]
[Flowers: White Amaryllis.]
[Container: Tall clear glass cylinder.]
[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 tomorrow Monday with another 'Floral Media' this time it's a short video on how to make your own Christmas wreath.  

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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2 December 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 93 - Winter Bouquet



In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring a large winter arrangements full of colour and texture. 

We have Ornamental Cabbages also called Brassica, Queen Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot also called Daucus carota, Sea Holly also called Eryngium and last but not least a small leafed Eucalyptus.


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.




Here you can see a few of the props I have used around the flower arrangement. A vintage basket bought in Sweden at a loppis - the equivalent to the British car-boot-sale or the American flea-markets.

The big jar and the little cream-ware jars are from antique markets in the UK, the candle-holder I inherited from my mother and the long tapered candles was a present from our daughter. 


A close up of the fabulous Brassica, the flat flower head of the Daucus carota with its tiny white flowers, the spiky thistle like Eryngium - all surrounded by grey-green Eucalyptus foliage.


The small leafed Eucalyptus has long narrow leaves and is darker and more delicate than the more common large leafed version.

The brown jar is a Höganäs salt glazed pickling jar from Sweden. My grandmother had lot of this kind of jars in her cellar.  


I love these very tall tapered candles - graceful and elegant and I also love how the two colours my daughter picked out matches the candle holder.


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. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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30 November 2016

Flowers of the Month - November 2016



It's the last day of November and its time for another round-up of what I have been up to this last month. 

In 'Flowers of the Month' I feature all the different flowers and floral arrangements that I styled, photographed and posted exclusively on my blog 'Of Spring and Summer'.

The title of the post under the image - is also a link to the post - if you would like to see it again or you missed it.












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. Hope to see you then. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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28 November 2016

Floral Media - One Kings Lane: A Blossoming Spot of Tea


If you blink you might miss this week's 'Floral Media' - but please do have a look at this very sweet little video of a floral installation.




The installation is called 'A Blossoming Spot of Tea' and is made by their talented team at One Kings Lane and MacKenzie-Childs tabletop collection.

It all reminds me of something from 'Alice in Wonderland'.

I hope you enjoyed this very short video showing how to be creative with flowers.


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back on Wednesday with more floral delights and the last post for the month. Hope to see you then. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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