18 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 48 - Pink Tulips and Ruscus



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some bright pink tulips and some pink floral containers.


You'll need:

- 15 stems of pink tulips - or any colour you like 
- 7 stems of Ruscus foliage
- a medium sized container in a matching colour to the flowers - in this case I have used a pink vintage jug
- a few smaller vases or containers in similar colour to the larger container 

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.



Again I arranged the tulips straight in the vase. Tulips has soft stems and easily break off when you use them in a handtied bunch.

Arrange the tulips evenly throughout and cut the stem at different lengths - longer in the middle and shorter around the edges.

Put the Ruscus foliage around the edge of the arrangement and one or two stems in the middle.


I love mixing and matching containers and vases - by colour, by material, by size - old with new and mixing in one or two odd little thing that adds to the arrangement.

Here the jug is vintage but the other smaller vases are new - they are all similar in colour but of different materials - pottery, china and glass.

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and are now available to buy at flowers stalls, farmer's markets and supermarkets.

Keep the flowers cool at night, change the water and re-cut the stems every two days - and they will last longer - but most of all enjoy the colour and the beauty of your tulips!  




Have a Happy Floral Saturday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid




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

15 April 2015

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 1 - Tulips




Tulips continue to grow in the vase. You have a few choices:

  • Cut the stems a little bit shorter allowing for some growth in the vase.
  • Trim the stems every two days - when you change the water in the vase - to keep them the same length. 
  • Leave the tulips to grow, bend over and do their own thing - only trim the stems the absolute minimum.

Tulips are always beautiful - long or short!


Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]
[Yellow tulips from Forever Green Flower Company.]


13 April 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 13 - Double Daffodil - Narcissus 'Double Ducat'




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!



This beautiful daffodil is called Narcissus 'Double Ducat' - it has massive double bright yellow flower heads and some of the petals has the smallest hint of green.

I used six stems and made a tight bouquet by holding the stems right under the flower head and creating a round domed shape with all the flowers facing outwards all the way around.

I tied some raffia around the stems and left the ends trailing down as a little textured feature.



As a colour contrast to the bright yellow flowers I choose a purple glass vase and left the stems on the daffodils long enough to just casually lean against the side of the vase.  I also added a piece of fabric with a purple zigzag pattern, two vintage purple buttons and a brightly coloured bead necklace.

A simple, quick and easy DIY spring flower arrangement.




Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

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.]

11 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 47 - Parrot Tulips, Lisianthus and Bear Grass



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some parrot tulips with a gorgeous white Lisianthus and some long thin bear grass.


You'll need:

- 20 stems of white and green parrot tulips
- 12 stems of white Lisianhtus
- about 30 - 40 blades of bear grass
- a low wide white vase or container - I have used a white Alvar Alto vase 


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.



The vase I'm using has irregular sides so I decided to make the arrangement straight in the vase and not tempting to do a handtied. 

I started with the tulips placing them evenly throughout the vase - try to keep the tulip stems as long as possible - so don't cut off too much.

After the tulips I put in the Lisianthus - leaving the stems long enough to sit just above the tulips. If they come multi-stemmed cut them up into several long stems and spread them throughout the arrangement.

Last I put in the bear grass - divide them up into small bundles of three to five blades and again spread them evenly throughout and letting them stick up above the flowers to give a bit of movement.    


The white Alvar Alto Savoy vase is one I have had for a very long time and I use it all the time. The original was designed in 1937 and was exhibited at the World's Fair in Paris that same year. The vase is still being manufactured by Iittala in Finland.

I love how both flowers has this combination of fresh green and brilliant white. It's also lovely to see how the two flowers work so well together - and how the long thin blades of grass gives straight lines and creates some extra movement in the arrangement.

Green and white are the perfect colours for a spring arrangement - don't you think? 

And it looks like spring is here to stay! I'm very happy!




Have a Happy Floral Saturday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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

8 April 2015

Floral Media - Houseplant of the Month - Ivy


Hedera


It's April and it's time to feature another houseplant!

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 April they are featuring ivy or Hedera as Houseplant of the Month. 

Houseplants are 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. 

Hedera

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

Hedera
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.

Apart from Holland the campaign is also run in France, Germany and the UK.

Hedera

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


Hedera

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

Hedera

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

Here is also a fun little video called "Rugged Men with Green Intentions".





Have a Happy Floral Wednesday!

I will see you later in the week.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

[Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]


6 April 2015

Take 3 Flowers! - # 8 - Tulips, Freesia and Eucalyptus




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

In this blog series 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 - or at times you might even be able to get it from your own garden. You can use lots of it to help fill out the arrangement and to provide support and structure for the other flowers.

After all the yellow of Easter - I needed to work with a different colour - and when I found these deep dark pink tulips and pink Freesia - I knew I had the material for a colourful spring bouquet.




You'll need:

- 15 stems of colourful tulips
- 15 stems of Freesia in similar colour
- 7 stems of Eucalyptus parvifolia - a small leaved Eucalyptus
- a medium sized vase/container with a wide opening - in a neutral colour - in this case I have used a white vintage jar from Sweden
- small vase in same colour as the flowers
- a small white saucer 
- baker's twine and beads in matching colours


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 cool water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours. This is 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.



Start off by putting the Eucalyptus foliage in the vase - evenly spread. Next put in the tulips - you can spread them evenly or group a few together to make several little focal points. Last the Freesias - use them to fill in any gaps. Cut the flowers at different heights so the bouquet has some movement - it's also nice to see the grey green foliage peek through here and there.

Make another arrangement in a small vase with the leftover foliage from the Eucalyptus - using a little vase in a matching colour to the flowers.

Also have some fun with baker's twine, a few beads and place it with the small arrangement on a little saucer - to make it feel a bit more 'special'.

Try to place the arrangement in a cool place during the nights and it will last a lot longer. Also remember that tulips continue to grow in the vase - so they will pop their heads above the other flowers over the next few days. 

I think it's always so lovely to see how an arrangement changes over time - new buds open, older flowers change colour and then fade - the life and beauty of flowers.
  



Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

See you later in the week!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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

4 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 46 - Bright Yellow Daffodils


Daffodils

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring three different daffodils. Their botanical or Latin name are Narcissus.

The three are: 
- the small Narcissus with an orange middle is called 'Golden Dawn' 
- the single daffodil with the ruffled cup is called 'Carlton' 
- the large double daffodil is called 'Golden Ducat'.

They are all from the organic flower farm Forever Green Flower Company - so all British grown. 


Daffodils

You'll need:

- about 25 stems of daffodils, here I have used 9 'Golden Dawn', 9 'Carlton' and 7 'Golden Ducat' 
- a medium sized clear glass containers - I have used a clear glass apothecary jar
- three shimmering mini glass bud vases in gold, silver and green
- five little toy "spring lambs"
- a small piece of fabric - green with cream dots
- ribbon, a light yellow grosgrain stitched ribbon from Jane Means, to tie around the neck of the container


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.




Arrange the flowers in your hand - making a round dome-shaped bouquet - mix the flowers so that you have an even spread of the three different sized flowers throughout the arrangement.

Before you make the final cut - put the container at the edge of the work surface and hold the arrangement next to it to measure where to cut. You want the lower flowers to sit just above the edge of the container.

This arrangement is as bright as they come and really show that spring is here to stay. I certainly welcome bright yellow daffodils at this time of year - but maybe not so much yellow the rest of the year. What about you - is yellow a colour you use all year around? 


Daffodils


Have a Happy Floral Saturday and 
Enjoy Your Easter Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]
[Ribbon by Jane Means.]
[Flowers from Forever Green Flower Company.]