1 February 2015

Flowers of the Month - January 2015




Pink Gerbera



I'm back with 'Flowers of the Month' - where I'm highlighting all the different flowers I have used during the month of January.

The name of the flower - under the image - is also a link to the post where I featured the flower.


Paperwhites and Eucalyptus-Snöklockan-Per Hasselberg




Pink Tulips



Tulips and Hypericum



Blue Hyacinths


Cyclamen as Cut Flowers


Tulips



Pink Roses




I hope you have enjoyed the month of January with all the late winter flowers - with more than a few hints of spring!

Here are links to some of the previous months flowers: 

Have a wonderful Floral Day and I will be back next month with another 'Flowers of the Month' - but before that I will see you again next week!


~ xoxo ~


Ingrid


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

30 January 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 37 - Pink Roses



Pink Roses


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring an arrangement with some pretty pink roses from the local flower stall and three different foliage from my garden.

While on my rounds looking for flowers for a completely different project - I came across these very pretty pink roses. 

I didn't get any foliage to go with them as I was hoping to find something in my own garden. Sure enough there was plenty to choose from. I cut a few sprigs from the shrub Pittosporum, this one has variegated leaves in two different greens, a few sprigs of rosemary and some Arum leaves.

Pink Roses

You'll need:

- 7 stems of pink roses
- 3 stems of Pittosporum
- 3 stems of rosemary
- 3 leaves of Arum italicum
- a medium sized container - I have used a clear glass jar
- 3 ribbons in matching colour to the flowers


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket

As always - you need to condition the flowers - remove all the lower leaves that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours 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.

Pink Roses

Start with the foliage - put the Arum leaves around the edge of the container, add the Pittosporum evenly throughout and lastly the rosemary leaving them a little bit longer to show up above the other foliage to give both height and texture.

Add the seven roses fairly evenly throughout the 
arrangement. Measure the length of the rose stem against the side of the container before you make the final cut - just to make sure you achieve the right height. Vary the height with a few shorter around the edges and a few taller ones in the middle.

Finally I tied three ribbons around the neck of the container - two pink with white stitching and an off-white one with pink stitching. The pink ribbon picks up the colour of the roses. I left the long ends of the ribbons trailing - they add a bit of texture and also hides the stems in the vase.

The pretty ribbons are designed by Jane Means. I'm part of Jane Means' Blogging Team and I feature her ribbons on my blog.

The combination of the pink roses and the light green variegated Pittosporum gives a spring like feeling and the dark green of the rosemary and Arum leaves adds texture and contrast.

Pink Roses


See you on Sunday with another 'Flowers of the Month' - showing all the flowers I have used during the month of January.


Have a Happy Floral Friday and Enjoy your Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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

28 January 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - A Profusion of Tulips!


Tulips

The theme on FLOWERS this time is called 'A Profusion of Tulips!'

Sometimes it can be a bit scary to use a lot of colour - especially if you use a lot of it and mix it all up - like I have done here.

Tulips

I decided to go for colour and not hold back! A mix of different coloured tulips - but mixed with plain green foliage. Here I have used Pistacia - that has small green leaves and two small date palm leaves.

Tulips


I put the arrangement in a blue glass container - put that on a ceramic blue and white plate from Spain and underneath it all a very colourful Swedish rag rug.

Lets pretend its spring and go for colour all the way - absolutely no holding back!

Tulips


Titti Malmberg - my Swedish based collaborator who I work alongside on FLOWERS - has also created a blog post over on her blog HWIT BLOGG - so please follow the link and go over and see what she has done. 

You can see all our FLOWERS posts Here. 

We also have a special board over on Pinterest with images from FLOWERS.


Have a Very Happy Floral Day!

I will see you later in the week.

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid 


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


26 January 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 7 - Red, Pink and Purple Cyclamen



Cyclamen as Cut Flowers

This series of blog posts - called 'Tiny Blooms - are about small 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!



As my tiny bloom flower I have used yet again some small cyclamen as cut flowers - but this time they are red, pink and purple.

Back in December I bought a whole tray of little pots with lots of cyclamens in bud. I kept them just outside my kitchen door where I could see them through the window while doing the dishes. Over time they happily opened up their beautiful little flowers.

Cyclamen as Cut Flowers


This time I wanted a more romantic feel to my arrangement - but I also wanted a dramatic colour contrast. The flowers have such a strong colours - I felt they needed a little bit of a neutral background. So I picked some clear glass containers and a off-white background to suite the occasion. 

So for this new little project I cut about 45 stems and put them in a collection of nine small clear glass containers. Some are vintage perfume bottles, others apothecary jars and others are little treasures that I have no idea what they were used for.

Cyclamen as Cut Flowers


A very quick and easy arrangement where the flowers last for about a week and if you plant the cyclamen plant in your garden - it will come back year after year.

It would look good on a small table or in a bedroom on a bedside table. The little collection of vases would also look lovely on a small tray on a dining table. 

Here are two previous blog posts featuring Cyclamens. In the first I have used big white flowers in a pot and the other has little white flowers in a small black vase.



Cyclamen as Cut Flowers



Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll see you later in the week!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid 


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

23 January 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 36 - Blue Hyacinth



Blue Hyacinths


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some blue Hyacinth.

The hyacinth season usually lasts well into the spring. It's an amazing flower that comes in a large variety of colours such as - pink, white, blue, purple, yellow as well as others.

A lot are grown in pots but you can now also buy them as cut flowers - often with part of the bulbs still attached - the flower lasts much longer that way.


Blue Hyacinths


You'll need:

- 10 stems of Hyacinths 
- 3 different size bowls or wide containers - in this case I have chosen some blue and white floral china bowls in three different patterns 


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket

As always - you need to condition the flowers - remove all the lower leaves that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours 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.

Blue Hyacinths

It was not easy finding flowers in London this week. After the fire in the Euro Tunnel a lot of deliveries are delayed. 

I did find these blue Hyacinths - but I was in a rush and made the mistake of not examining them properly. So when I got them home and unwrapped them - I was not happy. A lot of the short stems were curved and you can't really straighten them.

I still wanted to use the flowers and came up with the idea of displaying them in a few bowls just floating in water. I picked out a three blue and white floral bowls in different sizes. 

In the largest bowl I displayed five of the flowers with straight stems - just leaning on the edge of the bowl with the bottom of the stems in water.


Blue Hyacinths

In the second I snipped off a lot of the open flowers to simply float as a mass of single flowers and in the third one I mixed single flowers with the tips of five flower stems that still had green unopened buds.

This is a very easy and quick way to display not very perfect flowers - rather than resorting to putting them on the compost heap.

I love how every single little flower is different to the next and the scent is gorgeous! Just a different way to enjoy and display flowers.

Blue Hyacinths


Have a Happy Floral Friday and an Enjoyable Weekend!

See you next Monday with another 'Tiny Blooms'.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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

19 January 2015

Take 3 Flowers! - # 5 - Tulips and Hypericum


Tulips and Hypericum


I'm back with another blog post in the series 'Take 3 Flowers!'

Where I will show you how to make easy but beautiful and stylish flower arrangements - just using three different flowers. Often one of the three will be some kind of foliage.

Using just three flowers will sometimes be a challenge - but it will also keep the cost down. Cut flowers can be expensive but foliage on the other hand tends to be cheep. You can use lots of it to help fill out the arrangement and to provide support and structure for the other flowers.

I'm using three different red tulips - all within the red colour spectrum - and to that I have added Hypericum - that will supply both foliage and berries.

I know - I'm breaking the rules a little bit - it's 4 rather than just 3 flowers.  

To tell you the truth it was a special deal on the tulips - three bunches for the price of two and who can resist a special deal? I just thought: "The more the merrier...."

Tulips and Hypericum


You'll need: 

- 10 stems of dark red tulips
- 10 stems of red and orange tulips
- 10 stems of dark red parrot tulips
- 5 stems of Hypericum
- a vase or container in a contrasting or matching colour - in my case I have used a brown vintage pickling jar from the company Höganäs in Sweden

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket

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.

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

Put in a clean container with tepid water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours before making the final arrangement.

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

Tulips and Hypericum

Start by arranging the Hypericum around the edge of the container - they will kind of embrace the tulips and make a nice edging. Then mix the three different tulips evenly in the middle - keep as many leaves as you possibly can on the tulips to make the arrangement look fuller.

The container I have used is a vintage pickling jar from my grandmother in Sweden. The dark shiny brown is a great contrast to all the red. I have surrounded the arrangement with some hessian fabric, some raffia, natural twine, pieces of wrinkly brown paper and a vintage wooden measuring stick. The red is picked up in some toy spades and a small garden fork. 


Tulips and Hypericum


Most tulips don't have very long stems - so if you want some height don't cut too much off the bottom. Keep them pretty even in height and make a nice slightly domed shape. 

Tulips do continue to grow in the vase - some more than others - so if you want the arrangement to continue looking the same you will have to trim the stems at the same time as you change the water in the vase. Or you can leave the tulips to do their own thing - both ways works - tulips are always beautiful whatever you do.

Tulips are looking really fresh right now and they are also very cheep - if it's the same where you live - just grab the opportunity to get some fabulous looking tulips and start making your own arrangements.

Tulips and Hypericum

Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

See you later in the week!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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

16 January 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 35 - Pink Tulips


Pink Tulips


This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring two different pink tulips.

I'll be featuring mostly tulips for the rest of January - the florists, flower stalls, farmers' markets and supermarkets have an over-abundance of tulips in every shape, size and colour. 

How can a tulip-loving girl resist that?

This month the tulip is also celebrated in both Sweden and Holland with 'Tulpanens Dag' in Sweden yesterday and 'National Tulip Day' in Holland tomorrow.


Pink Tulips

You'll need:

- 15 stems of light pink tulips
- 15 stems of dark pink tulips
- a medium size vase or container that picks up the colour of the tulips - here I'm using a bright pink watering can.


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket

As always - you need to condition the flowers - remove all the lower leaves that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours 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.

Pink Tulips

I wanted a really rich and generous arrangement so I'm using altogether 30 stems of tulips - 15 of each colour. When I conditioned the tulips I left as many leaves on as possible - just to add some greenery as I was not using any other foliage. I needed to shorten the stems before putting them in the watering can - just so that they were the right height and so that it was all in proportion. 

Pink Tulips

The arrangement sits on a pink and white handwoven Swedish rag-rug surrounded by a pair of florist's scissors, a little pink vase, a pink and white fabric, some natural twine and three wooden plant labels.

I very much enjoyed making this arrangement - and it really made me long for spring! 

What about you? Do you also long for spring and some brighter colours?

Pink Tulips


Have a Happy Floral Friday and a Great Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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