9 October 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 60 - Colourful Dahlias

This weeks 'A Bunch for the Weekend' is very colourful! Well why not, we all need a bit of colour at this time of year.


You'll need:

- 7-9 stems of brightly coloured Dahlias.
- colour coordinate with a few vases and containers in contrasting or matching colours. In this case I have used some vintage green bottles, vases and containers in different sizes in contrasting colours. 
- I have also picked a painting as background showing bottles in similar colours and a vintage rag rug - also picking up the same colours.
- a handful of painted clothes pegs
- a gingham green and white ribbon

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.


Dahlias usually has very few leaves - leave them on if you like the look of them or take off some or all of the leaves. 

I have taken off all leaves as well as any buds - I feel it makes you focus on the big beautiful flowers - but I also sometimes leave them on - it all depends on what kind of look I want. It's only on the flower in the tall bottle where I have kept the two side buds - where the stems makes some interesting angles.

Fill the containers one third with fresh, clean water. Trim the stems so that the lower leaves rests on the edge of the vase. The flowers in the bottles need to be in proportion with the bottle.

Change the water every 2-3 days and keep if possible re-cut the stems. The flowers lasts for about 5-7 days. 

For a very temporary but fun little arrangement I have filled a vintage flower pot with loose Dahlia petals.

Also for a different effect I have scattered some petals around on the Swedish rag rug.

The pretty little gingham ribbon in sage and white is from Jane Means collection of ribbons. I have tied it on a painted clothes peg - something you can do to fix place cards in place for a dinner party.  

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!

I will be back on Sunday with another Florets - floral quotes by people passionate about flowers!

~ xoxo ~


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

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7 October 2015

The Monthly List - October 2015

I'm starting a new monthly series of blog posts called 'The Monthly List'. It's Johanna Bradford of Tant Johanna over in Sweden who started what she calls 'Månadens Lista'. Her and the others taking part create inspirational monthly lists and I'll be doing my version over here in London. Here is my list for October and it will probably include more than a few flowers.......!

I think Hydrangea flowers in all their different colours will always be an inspiration for anybody who loves flowers. Leave the stems long and put in tall vases or cut the stems short and group a few small vases together on a tray. 

Here is a link to my Pinterest board with Hydrangeas.

What could be easier than using jars as vases and have a few on hand for arranging your flowers. Any size from large pickling jars to mini jam jars. To re-cycle, re-use and up-cycling is good for the environment and easy on the pocket. 
Fifteen interior bloggers are included in Whonideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben and it's a book full of decorating ideas. The bloggers are picked by three judges who also have curated the book. It's so far only published in German - but it's full of inspiring images and for those of us passionate about flowers it has a whole long chapter on flowers and foliage.

Linda Lomelino is a Swedish cake-maker, photographer, stylist, author of three books, blogger, Instagrammer and she plays in a band! Her photographs are stunningly beautiful and inspiring and she often incorporates flowers in her cake images.
Here is a link to Linda's Instagram account - as well as a link to her website  - so you can have a look.

This vintage coffee cup has been passed down through the generations and it's like looking into the past. It's feminine, elegant, pretty and fragile - but today you would rarely if ever use it - mostly for fear of breaking it. It shows some signs of wear so you know it's been used - but it is still here so people have been careful and looked after it. It now sits in a glazed cupboard - so you can still see it and it's only taken out to be admired and photographed.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust:
A lovely quote that is about the importance of spending time with those that makes us happy and I love how it refers to flowers and gardens.


Blueberries, blackberries and red currents - all berries available in the supermarkets and vegetable stores here in London and a lot of them are still being grown in the UK.

Blueberries are delicious to eat at breakfast with muesli or as a fruit salad with yoghurt. Include them in yummy muffins, cakes or blueberry pies. Why not add them to ice-cream or make jam or jelly.

Blackberries should be eaten as soon as possible as they are quite delicate. Make apple and blackberry crumble or include them in mousses, fools or pies.

Red currents are an excellent source of vitamin C. Include red currents in summer puddings or make coulis. One traditional way to use them is to make jelly and serve with lamb or venison. 

 Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[Image no. 4 © Linda Lomelino.]
[Image no. 6 Unknown, found on Pinterest - but I can't find the original source.] 

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5 October 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 16 - Pink Wild Carrot

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 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!

The white wild carrot is also called Queen Anne's Lace and the Latin name is Daucus carota. This is a pink version called 'Dara'.

The wild carrot is a herbaceous biannual - meaning it usually takes two years for it to flower. The wild version grows on wasteland and along hedgerows. 

This one is quite easy to grow in a garden and is great as a cut flower. It has pretty flat flower heads in an unusual shade of pink that is easy to combine with other flowers. You can buy seeds from Plants of Distinction.

I got these flowers from Forever Green Flower Company - a flower farm in Norfolk. Cel Robertson grows these on her farm and mix them in with lots of other flowers in her bouquets.

There are often no or few leaves to remove, just trim the stems and put them in a clean vase or container.

Arrange with other flowers or like here on their own - showing off their special beauty.

I wanted to show off the colour and shape of the flowers and I simply put them in a small clear glass decanter - where I have echoed the round shape in both the decanter, the stopper and the Finnish glass Ittala bowl. 

Simple and elegant! 

Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.

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

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4 October 2015

Florets - Floral Quote by Cath Kidston

Purple and white stock flowers in clear glass jar


"I could happily spend a fortune each week buying flowers for the house but quite often get away with buying just the cheapest of the bunch. I try to mix together a few clashing colours - say three shades of pink or a jumble of orange and pink - and simply pile them into a jug or vase. I do think they make the whole difference to making a house feel alive and lived in."

~ Cath Kidston ~

[Cath Kidston MBE: British, Interior and Fashion Designer, business woman, founder of the company Cath Kidston and author of many books.]
[Quote from: Vintage Style by Cath Kidston (1999).]
[Flowers: Purple and white Stock flowers.]
[Vase/Container: Clear glass pickling jar.]
[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.] 

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral Sunday!

I'll be back on Monday with another Tiny Blooms - small and easy DIY flower arranging.

~ xoxo ~


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2 October 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Vases, Bottles and Containers

Hydrangea and blue bottles on a blanket

The theme for this weeks FLOWERS is - 'Vases, Bottles and Containers'.

A few years ago I used to sell vintage on eBay - a big part of what I sold was exactly what our theme is about this week - vases, bottles and other containers. I had a lot of fun and my little business was very successful - but after a few years I ran out of steam - there are a lot of very early 5 am starts going on buying trips to antique-markets and car-boot sales in the UK and loppis in Sweden -  a fair amount of driving and it's also very competitive - everybody wants the best bits. 

My point of telling you this is to say that I still have a lot of vases, bottles and containers - that I just couldn't part with!

So here is are a few bits and pieces from my little collection....... 


I love how the colours in this Hydrangea matches the colours in the blanket. Perfect autumn colours and don't you just want to wrap yourself up in the blanket and sit in front of the fire?

Blue bottles on a blanket

I have a bit of a weakness for blue bottles and my little collection often sits in a window where they reflect light into the room.

Hydrangea and blue bottles on a blanket

The large vase with ridges is new and I bought it in Sweden last summer. I was with my friend and she bought the same vase. We both love it as it holds the flowers very well - the neck is wide enough to hold a handful of large stems perfectly.

The large clear glass container with straight sides in the background is one of my favourites. My daughter bought it for me when she went to an antique market earlier this year.

Hydrangea and blue bottles on a blanket

The smaller vases are a mix of ink bottles and apothecary bottles in beautiful blue and turquoise-blue colours. All great for holding just one small stem - cut very short.

I have always enjoyed visiting antique markets or charity stores and I still find interesting types of containers that I will use as vases - for very little money.

If you intend to start your own little collection of vases and containers - flea-markets, car-boot sales, loppis and charity stores are a good beginning. 

Many small vases or bottles with single stems - arranged on a tray looks beautiful.

With larger containers you can either fill them with lots of stems or have just one stem leaning to one side.

There are so many different ways to use vases, bottles and containers. Why not go to your nearest charity store and pick up a few in different sizes and start experimenting making your own arrangements.   

Hydrangea and blue bottles on a blanket

Please, go over to Titti's blog and have a look at how she has interpreted the theme this week. Here is a link to her blog HWIT BLOGG.

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!

I will be back on Sunday with another Florets - floral quotes by a flower lovers.

~ xoxo ~


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

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30 September 2015

Flowers of the Month - August/September 2015

8 August - Floral Media - Flower Agenda - Hydrangea
It's the end of September and I'm back with 'Flowers of the Month' - where I'm featuring all the different flowers and floral arrangements I have posted during August and September.

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.

Pink and yellow Dahlias in a vintage pickling jar
12 August - FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Flowers in August - Pink Dahlia 
Pink and Purple Hydrangea in Vintage Grey Enamelled Jug
26 August - FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Late Summer Colours - Hydrangea
Salmon pink Dahlias
18 September - FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Autumn Dreams - Dahlia
Pink and white Dahlias
20 September - Florets - Floral Quote by The Flower Appreciation Society - Pink and White Dahlia
Floweragenda 2015 Chrysanthemum
21 September - Floral Media - Flower Agenda - Chrysanthemums
23 September - Do-It-Yourself Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 8 - Zinnia
Ornamental Cabbage
25 September - A Bunch for the Weekend - # 59 - Ornamental Cabbage
27 September - Florets - Floral Quote by Lotta Jansdotter - Alchemilla mollis and Agapanthus
The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria
28 September - Floral Media - Flower Agenda - Alstroemeria
I hope you have enjoyed all the flower arrangements from the last two months as much as I have enjoyed created them. 
    Have a Great Floral Day!

    I will be back again at the end of October with another 'Flowers of the Month'. Before that Titti and I will be back on Friday with another FLOWERS. 

    ~ xoxo ~


    [Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson - Of Spring and Summer.]
    [Images of 1, 6 and 10 are provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]

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    28 September 2015

    Floral Media - Flower Agenda 2015 - week 40-42 - Alstroemeria

    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    Another instalment from The Flower Council of Holland's campaign about cut flowers - called Flower Agenda and during the weeks 40-42 - the lovely and very versatile Alstroemeria is featured.

    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    Here is a little bit of information and facts that I have gathered about Alstroemeria:
    • Alstroemeria is also called Inca lily or Peruvian lily. 
    • It is originally from the cool mountains in Chilli, Brazil and Peru.
    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    • The Swedish botanist Carl von Linneus  named Alstroemeria in honour of his student the Swedish Baron Claes Alströmer (1685-1761).
    • Alstroemeria friendship and commitment and the six petals symbolise understanding, humour, patience, sympathy, vigour and respect - all ingredients for an enduring friendship.  
    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    • Alstromeria is available all year around.
    • It comes in all colours - white, yellow, pink, red, orange and purple - with the exception of blue and green.
    • Alstroemeria lasts for about two weeks in a vase.
    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    • The individual flowers has a tiger-striped throat and the shape of the flower is similar to a lily.
    • The petals alternate between striped and solid-coloured.
    The Flower Agenda 2015 alstroemeria

    • The flowers comes in a spray form - but can easily be separated and used individually. 
    • It's affordable and long-lasting and adds a touch of exoticness to a tame arrangement.
    Enkelband bloemen

    • Cut the stems short and use in little eggcups or bud vases.
    • You can also keep the stems long and mix with other flowers in a larger arrangement.
    • It's also looks lovely used on its own in a clear glass vase.
    • Alstroemeria is a very versatile and you can create both an exotic as well as an romantic arrangement.

    I hope you have enjoyed finding out about the very popular Alstroemeria.

    Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!

    I will be back later in the week with more floral delights.

    ~ xoxo ~


    [Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]

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