1 August 2015

Floral Media - How to Make a Summer Wreath with Sarah Raven


Hello everyone! I am slowly getting back to posting on my blog even though the work on the house and garden will carry on for a while longer. You know how it is - work always takes longer than planned.

I would like to start with presenting a short video with Sarah Raven creating a fabulous giant summer wreath. If you don't have room for such a large wreath you can make a smaller one using the same flowers.
Sarah Raven shows us how to make a huge summer wreath using a large ring of floral foam and an abundance of summer flowers.




Sarah Raven is well known in the UK for presenting gardening programs on television, writing lots of books about gardening and plants, teaching floral workshops and flower arranging courses, giving talks and demonstrations and also for being an enormously successful business women running a plant, seed and gardening internet business.


Have a Great Floral Day!

I will be back next week with more floral delights.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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30 June 2015

Flowers of the Month - June 2015


Spathiphyllum

1 June - Floral Media - Houseplant of the Month - Peace Lily
It's the end of June and I'm back with 'Flowers of the Month' - where I'm featuring all the different flowers and floral arrangements I have posted during June.

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 Sweet Peas

4 June - Do-It-Yourself Flower Tips and Inspiration - Sweet Peas

Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'

6 June - A Bunch for the Weekend - # 55 - English Garden Rose - Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'




10 June - Floral Media - Flower Agenda - Week 23 - 26 - Lily

Have a Great Floral Day!


I'm taking some time off during the month of July to work on our house and garden and I will be back again in August with more Do-It-Yourself flower arranging from 'Of Spring and Summer'.


Have a wonderful and relaxing summer! 


~ xoxo ~


Ingrid


[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson - Of Spring and Summer.]
[Images of 1, 4 and 6 are provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]


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27 June 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 58 - Mixed Bouquet of British Summer Flowers



British Summer Flowers

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring a large mixed bouquet of British grown summer flowers.

All the flowers are from - Yes, you've guessed it! - Forever Green Flower Company. Cel has expanded her range of flowers this season and doubled her production with exiting new varieties.

And - no, she's not paying me to feature her flowers or provide me with free flowers - I just love what she does.

British Summer Flowers


HOW TO:

You'll need:

- a mixed bunch of all kinds of different summer flowers - here are some of the flowers I have used - dark almost black Cornflowers, small white Gladiolus, purple Nepeta, lime-green Alchemilla mollis, bright pink Corn Cockle and white double Feverfew. 
- a very large clear glass vase or jar - in this case I have used an oversized vintage pickling jar. 

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.



British Summer Flowers

Method:

I arranged this bunch straight in the vase - so I didn't use any fancy handtied or spiralled arrangements.

All the stems were quite long so I chose a container that was in proportion to the length of the stems and amount of flowers - as I wanted a tall, open arrangement that looked a little 'wild'. 

I started with the bigger flowers and then filled in with the Alchemilla mollis and the Feverfew - using them a little bit like foliage.

I feel summer is finally here with all it's delightful flowers and life feels just that little bit easier. 

Enjoy your flower arranging! 

British Summer Flowers

Have a Great Floral Saturday and a Happy Weekend!


I will see you next week with a 'Flowers of the Month' - after that I'm taking the month of July off to work on our house and garden - but I will be back in August with more Do-It-Yourself flowers from 'Of Spring and Summer'.

In the meantime I would like to wish you a wonderful summer holiday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson - Of Spring and Summer]
[Flowers from Forever Green Flower Company.]

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25 June 2015

Floral Media - The Flower Appreciation Society Workshop and Book


The Flower Appreciation Society


'Not Your Average Florists' Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey are the team behind The Flower Appreciation Society and they have also just published their first book - The Flower Appreciation Society: An A to Z of All Things Floral.

Last Saturday I had the great pleasure of meeting the two lovely ladies, Anna and Ellie, and take part in their British Bouquet Making workshop at the GROW London contemporary garden fair on Hampstead Heath in London.


The Flower Appreciation Society

While they were checking their social media I took a few pictures of the fabulous British grown flowers they had brought in - all placed in oversized recycled pickling jars.

Every jar of flowers were a little bit different - an array of colourful British summer flowers with a few herbs mixed in.


The Flower Appreciation Society

The Flower Appreciation Society

The Flower Appreciation Society

I had already bought a copy of their lovely and fun book and they happily posed and signed it for me.

The Flower Appreciation Society

We were shown how to make a hand-tied bouquet - the kind you hold in one hand while adding the flowers with the other and the stems form a spiral. Looks easy but takes a little bit of practice to master - so every opportunity to try it is a step in the right direction. 

We all left happily carrying an oversized and wild looking flower bouquet full of seasonal colour.

The Flower Appreciation Society

Here is the final result - my bouquet at home - in a vase.

Anna and Ellie feature cut glass vases in their book and feeling inspired I went to dig out a few that I inherited from my grandmother. 

So here we are at the end of a great day - a perfect combination of beautiful summer flowers in a vintage cut glass vase.  

The Flower Appreciation Society


Enjoy your flower arranging!

Have a Great Floral Day!

I will see you later in the week with more Do-It-Yourself flowers from 'Of Spring and Summer'.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling (image 1,7 and 8) and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer]

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23 June 2015

Do-It-Yourself Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 8 - Sweet William Flowers


Pink Sweet William


This time 'Do-It-Yourself  Flower Tips and Inspiration' is all about Sweet William flowers.

Pink Sweet William

  • Sweet William is the common name - the botanical name of the flowers in Latin/Greek is Dianthus barbatus.
  • It's in the Caryophyllacae family commonly called the pink or carnation family .
  • The first part of the name comes from the Greek di or dios meaning god or divine - referring to the Greek gods. The second part of the name anthos means flower.

  • Barbatus means bearded or hairy as a small part of the flower has tiny hairs.
  • Sweet William is an old-fashioned cottage garden favourite and have been grown in Britain for hundreds of years.
  • The flowers has a lovely clove-like scent.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge had white Sweet William in her wedding bouquet when she got married to Prince William in 2011. Kate chose the flower as a tribute to her bridegroom.
  • They come in many colours - white, pink, red, purple as well as many variegated colours.
  • The flowers attracts bees and butterflies. 
  • The flowers are edible and have a peppery, clove like flavour and can be used in salads. 
  • Cut stems between the nodes for maximum water uptake.
  • They are long-lasting - about 5-10 days - and are great value for money. 


The flowers are British and grown by the brilliant Cel Robertson at Forever Green Flower Company.

I made a little bouquet entirely made up of different light pink Sweet Williams. I made a fabric ribbon from a piece of fabric in similar pink tones and tied that around the stems and I used a vintage pink jug as my vase. 

My bright pink creation for the month of June - even though it's cold and rainy here in London.

Pink Sweet William


Enjoy your flower arranging!


Have a Great Floral Day!

I will see you later in the week with more Do-It-Yourself flowers from 'Of Spring and Summer'.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson - Of Spring and Summer]
[Flowers from Forever Green Flower Company.]

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20 June 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 57 - Astrantia and Nectaroscordum



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring some beautiful Astrantia and the spectacular Nectaroscordum - an unusual bulbous perennial. 

Astrantia is a very pretty, delicate star-shaped flower and in this case it's one called Astrantia major 'Hadspen Blood' - it has stunning dark red bracts and flowers.

Nectaroscordum is a bit of an odd flower - its of the Allium family and has leaves that smells of garlic. It has beautiful bell-shaped flowers flushed pink or purplish red with some green. As the flowers fade they become erect and they make very attractive dried flowers.


You'll need:

- 7 stems of Astrantia
- 3 stems of Nectaroscordum
- a neutral small vase
- three mini vases in similar colour to the flowers. 

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

Put the flowers 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 to get the right proportions.

The Nectaroscordum has long, tall stems but I have cut them very short for this arrangement. I wanted to show off the inside of the flowers by cutting the stems short and putting them in a vase that would 'force' the flowers to point upwards.

The colour of the Astrantia is picked up on the inside of the bell-shaped Nectaroscordum flowers.

Two very different flowers that you might not usually combine in an arrangement but I think they make exiting and interesting companions.




Enjoy your flower arranging!


Have a Great Floral Saturday and a Happy Weekend!

I will see you next week with more Do-It-Yourself flowers from 'Of Spring and Summer'.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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

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19 June 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Happy Midsummer!



Midsummer flowers

It's the longest day of the year and Titti and I would like to wish you all a Happy Midsummer!


Midsummer flowers

This is a summer bouquet with all British flowers and they are all grown by the lovely Cel Robertson on her flower farm Forever Green Flower Company in Norfolk. 

I met Cel at my local farmers' market and I buy her beautiful flowers almost every week from her stall in North West London.

Midsummer Bouquet

It's a simple mix of summer flowers put together to look like its just picked from a country garden.

Around the neck of a plain glass vase I have tied a handful of raffia as a simple decoration to go with the country theme. 

Midsummer Bouquet

It has a combination of blue Cornflowers, large Daisies, pink Gladiolus italicus, grasses with lovely seed-heads and lime green Alchemilla mollis. 

A perfect combination to celebrate the longest day of the year and Midsummer!

Midsummer Flowers



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

Titti and I are taking a break over the summer and we will be back with more FLOWERS in August. 



Have a Very Happy Midsummer!

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

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


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