28 March 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 45 - Little Pretty Spring Tulips


Carnaval de Nice


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring an unusual little tulips. I think they are Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice' - but I'm not absolutely sure. These are quite small and usually 'Carnaval de Nice' look the same but are twice the size. So it is an educated guess! 

Carnaval de Nice


You'll need:

- 10 stems of tulips
- 10 small twigs of Pittosporum foliage
- two clear glass containers - I have used a recycled jar and a small low glass bowl
- a small amount of raffia
- green and white baker's twine, three light green vintage jugs and some black beads


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.


You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.

Carnaval de Nice


I made a very small spiralled handtied bouquet and tied some natural raffia around the stems to hold the bouquet together.

Here is a link to a video where florists Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks show you how to do a handtied bunch.

Then there is always Sarah Raven's way of doing things a little bit different - here is a link to a post where I featured her video.

It does take a little bit of practice to do a spiralled handtied - but flowers looks just as good just simply arranged in a vase - so whatever way you do it the end-result will be good.
  

Carnaval de NIce

Bright spring double tulips and fresh green variegated spring foliage - maybe not your most traditional or expected combination. 

The two tulips in the little bowl are two flowers that broke while making the bouquet and I didn't have the heart to just throw them away - so I made a separate little arrangement on the side. 

On the side is a roll of bakers' green and white twine and in the back are three pastel green vintage jugs - colours that are picked up in the foliage and the black beads echoes the black stamens in the tulips.

I chose to use clear glass for containers as the flowers and the foliage had enough wild variegated colours and I liked seeing the spiralled stems through the glass.

This is very much a spring bouquet and I would love to hear what you think. Love it or maybe not?   

Carnaval de Nice


Have a Happy Floral Saturday and Enjoy Your Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]

26 March 2015

Floral Media - Styling Magazine by Coty Farquhar





The March/April 2015 issue of the Australian e- magazine Styling by Coty Farquhar has just been published. It's available to read on-line for free - just click on the magazine below.




Over the last few years I have featured Styling Magazine many times. Every time it is just as impressive. The Editor Coty Farquhar has over thirty years of experience working as a creative director, editor, stylist and photographer.

As usual this issue is full of flowers and gardens - some of my favourites in this issue are the features on food with flowers and berries, table settings inspired by Dutch paintings, some very stylish white Easter decorations and a feature on carved little angels.












Australia is moving into autumn - colours are moodier and a bit darker and adds to Coty's stunning photography. I love the feature she has done on sheep and Australian countryside. 


I can't wait to hear what you think of the magazine.


Have a Fantastic Floral Day!

See you later in the week.

 ~~ xoxo ~~ 

Ingrid


23 March 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 12 - Pink Roses and Eucalyptus


Pink Roses and Eucalyptus

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 in each container. It will also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself a lot of creative freedom!

Pink Roses and Eucalyptus

This week on 'Tiny Blooms' I'm featuring some pink roses and Eucalyptus foliage.

I have used a low wide container that is really the bowl of a black stone pestle and mortar. I very much liked the dark against the pink and the grey green foliage

I cut down the Eucalyptus into short little sprigs and I filled the bowl around the edge and in the middle creating a grid-like pattern to support the roses.   

Pink Roses and Eucalyptus

The stems on this particular Eucalyptus has reddish pink stems and even the veins on the leaves are pink nicely picking up the pink in the roses.

I have added a few little extras - a Lotta Jansdotter fabric in grey and white, a roll of black garden twine, an old little pink spool with black thread and two vintage black wooden buttons.

Three pink roses from the supermarket, some grey foliage and a bowl from the kitchen is all you need to make a floral arrangement for your Monday morning!  

Pink Roses and Eucalyptus


Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll see you later in the week with more flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'


~ xoxo ~

Ingrid 


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

21 March 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 44 - Hot Pink Spray Carnations


Pink Carnations

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some hot pink carnations. The Latin or botanical name is Dianthus.

I have made three small bouquets - all similar but a little bit different.

Pink Spray Carnations

You'll need:

- 20-25 stems of spray Carnations in any colour you like
- three neutral vases or containers - here I have used different size vintage metal containers - but of the same colour 
- three rubber bands
- ribbons in a colour that matches the container. I'm using two different grosgrain stitched dark grey ribbons designed by Jane Means.


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.



You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.

Pink Spray Carnations


While making the bouquet hold the flower stems in one hand and add with the other. Keep adding the flowers one by one and keep turning the bunch as you are adding and make an even dome shaped bouquet. 

When you finished and are happy with your creation wind a rubber band around the stems - this is to hold the flowers in place while you are tying the ribbon.

Next tie the ribbon leaving the ends long. Hold the bouquet next to the container and estimate where to make the final cut. Have the flowers and the bow sit just above the rim of the container.

Remove the rubber band by cutting it and put the flowers in the vase. Lastly cut the ends of the ribbon to whatever length you think looks good. 


Pink Spray Carnations

The container I have used have quite open or wide necks - but my intention was not to fill them all with flowers. I did fill the smallest one but with the other two I just let the arrangement lean to one side of the vase showing off the ribbon and the stems - a little bit more of a contemporary way of styling flowers.

Pink Spray Carnations

I have only used one type of flower but in slightly different pinks - some pretty containers and an added ribbon  - voilà you have some attractive, quick and easy bouquets for the weekend.

Pink Spray Carnations



Have a Happy Floral Saturday and Enjoy Your Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]
[Ribbon designed by Jane Means.]

19 March 2015

Floral Media - Houseplant of the Month - Regal Pelargonium


Franse geranium


Houseplants are becoming increasingly popular again and green plants are featured more and more in interior magazines and on blogs.

Urban Jungle Bloggers are very much on target with this trend where Igor Josif and Judith de Graaff are doing a great job promoting and encouraging more green plants in the home. 


pelargonium 

The Flower Council of Holland is an organisation that promotes plants and flowers. 

The Flower Council of Holland do a campaign that they call 'Houseplant of the Month' - where they every month will highlighting a particular houseplant.

In the month of March they are featuring the Regal Pelargonium.


pelargonium

Weather you are a consumer, florists or press you can all find out what Houseplant of the Month will be for all the coming months of 2015.

The campaign is also run in France, Germany and the UK.

Franse geranium

A link to more good stuff about flowers and plants on Flower Council of Holland.


Franse geranium

Here is a link to The Joy of Plants - the UK branch of The Flower Council of Holland.

Also - yet another link to Funny How Plants Do That.

Here is also a fun little video showing Regal Pelargoniums through the years.




Have a Happy Floral Thursday!

I will see you later in the week.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

[Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]

17 March 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 11 - Spring Snowflakes - Leucojum


Spring Snowflake-Leucojum


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 in each container. It will also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself a lot of creative freedom!


Spring Snowflake-Leucojum

Today I'm featuring a little white flower called Spring Snowflake. The Latin or botanical name for it is Leucojum.

It's often mistaken for a snowdrop but this one has stems that are much taller and all the petals are the same size. 

It grows quite happily in my garden and every spring around this time I cut some to take into the house. They don't last very long - each individual flower only lasts for a few days. 

But the flowers are so charming that it doesn't matter that they last for such a short time.

Spring Snowflake-Leucojum

I didn't use any of the long green sword like leaves so all I had to do was to cut them down to suit the vase.  I chose an almost translucent light green little vase - the flowers are so delicate I just wanted a vase that would blend in.

Put the vase on a mantelpiece or similar - somewhere a little bit higher than a coffee table - so you can enjoy this gorgeous little flower close-up.
   

Spring Snowflake-Leucojum


Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll see you later in the week with more flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'. 


~ xoxo ~

Ingrid 


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


14 March 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 43 - Freesia with a Dark Purple Bow



Purple Freesia


Today on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some light purple Freesia in a vintage milk bottle.

Freesia has delicate arched stems, the flowers are highly fragrant and they can last for two weeks if you condition them, change the water and keep them cool at night. They also come in over twenty different colours. 

What more would you want from a cut flower? 


Purple Freesia


You'll need:

- 20 stems of Freesia in any colour you like
- a neutral vase or container like clear glass or similar with a fairly narrow neck - in this case I have used a vintage clear glass milk bottle
- a rubber band
- a ribbon in a colour that matches the flowers. I'm using a grosgrain dark purple ribbon designed by Jane Means.


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.



You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.

Purple Freesia


While making the bouquet hold the flower stems in one hand and add with the other. Hold as far up on the stems as you can and keep adding the flowers one by one turning the bunch as you are adding. Have the flowers facing outwards and make an even dome shaped bouquet. 

When you finished and are happy with your creation wind a rubber band around the stems and push it all the way up to just under the flowers. This is to hold the flowers in place while you are tying the ribbon.

Next tie the ribbon on top of the rubber band leaving the ends long. Hold the bouquet next to the container and estimate where to make the final cut. Have the flowers and the bow sit just above the rim of the container.

Remove the rubber band by cutting it and put the flowers in the vase. Lastly cut the ends of the ribbon to whatever length you think looks good - I have left mine long so that they just touch the table. I like to see a lot of the ribbon and I like when its trailing down the side of the vase or container.

One type of flower in an attractive container and some added little extra like a simple ribbon is often all you need to make a pretty flower arrangement. 


Purple Freesia


Have a Happy Floral Saturday and Enjoy Your Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]
[Ribbon designed by Jane Means.]