27 November 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Moody Hues

Well, the theme for this weeks FLOWERS is 'Moody Hues' and when looking around in magazines and on the internet - dark and moody colours - are pretty much everywhere today.

You'll find the darker colours being used in flower arrangements - especially now during the late autumn and winter season. 

I have created a whole board on Pinterest that is called 'Moody Flowers' with over fifty different flower arrangement using flowers in darker colours. Here is the link.

Paint companies like Farrow and Ball have developed darker more dramatic tones in the last few years. Colours such as Railings, Mole's Breath and Down Pipe are some of their darker and moody colours.

Stylists like Hans Blomquist often works with darker colours and in his book In Detail he shows lots of different ways of using dark colours in interesting ways.

In the first arrangements I have simply used very, dark Dahlias in two different red colours and set them against lots of black props.

In the second arrangement I'm using deep dark almost black Dahlias and as a contrast I have used long Eucalyptus branches with grey-green foliage . 

In the last arrangement I picked a double tulip in an interesting colour combination called Tulipa 'Orange Princess'. The flowers looked even moodier  paired with more orange and brown colours.

Please, go over to Titti's blog and take a look at how she has interpreted the theme this week. Here is the 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 flower lovers.
~ xoxo ~


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

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25 November 2015

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 14 - Orange Tulips and Ranunculus

This week 'DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration' - is mostly just orange. Tulips are appearing more and more on the flower stalls and Ranunculus have just popped up their pretty heads.

I found some gorgeous orange Tulips - the petals have streaks of darker colours that gives a variegated marbled effect - and makes them look just super pretty!

Some of the bright orange Ranunculus are in tight buds others have opened up showing their layers and layers of thin petals.

The vase is a vintage jar from Sweden and the sugar bowl is from the 1930's Art Deco period and from my grandmother back in Sweden. The chevron black and white fabric becomes an interesting contrast in colour and form.

The two flowers contrast each other in texture but match almost perfectly in colour. For somebody like me who loves colour - this combination just makes me swoon!! 

Enjoy your flower arranging!

Titti and I will be back on Friday with another FLOWERS with a new and different theme.
~ xoxo ~


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

23 November 2015

Floral Media - Flower Agenda - Week 48 - 52 - Amaryllis

Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

This is the last installment for 2015 - from The Flower Council of Holland's campaign about cut flowers - it's called Flower Agenda and during the weeks 48-52 - its all about Amaryllis - used as a cut flower.

Bloemenagenda 2015 Amaryllis

Here is a little bit of information and facts about Amaryllis:

Anyone looking to discover the amaryllis's birthplace needs to travel to South, Central America and the Caribbean. This radiant flower is a descendant of the Narcissus family, and grows from a bulb. Did you know that the name 'Amaryllis' comes from the Greek word 'amarussein', which means 'sparkling' or 'radiant'?

Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

The amaryllis's petals are very unusual; they look like they're made from fabulous velvet. In terms of colour, they come in white, red, yellow, pink, salmon, purple, orange and bi-coloured. 

 Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

There are usually four to six imposing flowers on the stem. The amaryllis does not have any foliage. That's why they sometimes call her the 'Naked Lady' in the United States.

Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

To enjoy amaryllis for a long time follow these tips.
•    Trim the stems diagonally.
•    Select a sturdy glass vase.
•    Make sure that the vase is nice and clean, fill it with water and use cut flower food for bulb flowers.
•    Place the vase in a reasonably cool place, not in a draught or next to the fruit bowl.

Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

Flower Agenda 2015 Amaryllis

The amaryllis symbolises pride and enchanting beauty. It expresses a feeling of friendship and affection. This is the perfect flower if you want to capture hearts.


The amaryllis combines well, and effortlessly fits into various styles. If you like simplicity, then combine amaryllis with Viburnum. If you prefer something livelier, but still restrained, make a fantastic white bouquet with amaryllis, lilac and magnolia. A robust bouquet also works well. Take a sturdy vase and place holly and amaryllis bulbs in it to create a bouquet that no-one can ignore!

Amaryllis Flower:



Srping bouquet with Amaryllis:

Amaryllis hanging from the ceiling on Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk:

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!

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

~ xoxo ~


[Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]

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22 November 2015

Florets - Floral Quote - # 90 - Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

"From tall, fluted vases to ceramic pedestal bowls and milk bottles, keep an open mind and experiment. In addition to varying the size of your vessels,consider the size of the openings, because this dictates the size of your bouquet. You may love the more dramatic and full arrangements that you see in magazines, yet struggle when creating them at home and wonder why. Eliminate this little problem by stocking vessels with smaller openings in your cupboard."

~ Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring ~ 

[Holly Becker: American, based in Germany,interior stylist, teacher and blogger on Decor8, author of three books Decorate, Decorate Workshop and Decorate with Flowers.
[Leslie Shewring: Canadian, stylist, photographer, designer, blogger on A Creative Mint and co-author of Decorate with Flowers.]
[Quote from: Decorate with Flowers (2014) by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring.]
[Flowers: Pink and white Dahlias.]
[Container: Clear glass vases with narrow openings.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

Have a wonderful and floral Sunday!

I will be back tomorrow Monday with another Floral Media - all about Amaryllis.

~ xoxo ~


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

20 November 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 64 - Ornamental Cabbage and Tulips

'A Bunch for the Weekend' - this week is a combination of big bright Ornamental Cabbage and two very different and even brighter tulips. 


You'll need:

-  5 stems of Ornamental Cabbage - with large firm and colourful flower heads.
- 30 stems of two contrasting Tulips - a generous amount to give some impact and contrast in texture next to the large and compact Ornamental Cabbages.
- a wide but fairly low vase or container - in this case I have used a vintage stainless steel milk pail.
- the only prop this time is vintage Mexican shawl that is picking up the colours in the flowers. I often use this shawl as a vibrant and colourful tablecloth. 

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 a sharp 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.


- Start with the large heads of Ornamental Cabbage - remove any damaged leaves and cut the stems so that the flower heads sit just above the edge of the container. 
- Then do the tulips - I have kept as many leaves as possible as I'm not adding any extra foliage. 

I wanted to keep the arrangement low and compact - so measure the tulip stems against the side of the container and cut them long enough to sit just above the large flower heads of the cabbage. 

- Change the water every 2-3 days and if possible re-cut the stems. The tulips will last for about a week - the cabbages will last much longer. 

Once the tulips have finished flowering - keep the cabbages on their own in a vase - but remember to change the water frequently - the water can become a bit smelly! 

Ornamental cabbages are still available here in the UK and you can find them in a few different colours. 

This is an arrangement that doesn't need any additional foliage - the tulip leaves provides more then plenty of greenery.

Tulip season is truly here and I'm delighted! 

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!

I'll be back on Sunday with 'Florets' and another floral quote from someone passionate about flowers.
~ xoxo ~


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

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18 November 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 19 - Pink Chrysanthemums

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!

Chrysanthemums, pink and vintage bottles - some of my favorite things!

I found some pink spray Chrysanthemums - 'spray' just means that they are multi-stemmed - and I cut some stems down to their single flowers. 

My daughter and I spent a few hours at the Country Living magazine Christmas Fair last week. There are some lovely stalls that I go back to every year. On one antique stall I found these adorable mini vintage bottles - bought five and I had an instant little collection.

Combining the two makes a charming display - the bottles are only just over 11 cm tall - so they are perfect for one or two stems.

To photograph them I have displayed them on an old French linen tablecloth - but a small collection like this works very well on a little tray - keeping them together gives them more impact.

Chrysanthemums are available all year around but are particularly welcome at this time of year when cheep flowers are sparse on the ground. Here in London its raining, its dark early and very windy. Well, the pink colour reminds me of spring!!

Have a Lovely Floral Wednesday!

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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16 November 2015

Flowers and Ribbons - # 2 - Napkins

Over time you have probably noticed that I often feature beautiful ribbons. I'm part of a team of international bloggers who use ribbons from Jane Means' ribbon collection. Jane provides us with ribbons and we use them in some of our blog posts. 

I have decided to do a regular monthly series of blog posts where I will use Jane's ribbons in combination with flowers and foliage.

This month I thought it would be nice with some easy tips on how to make your table settings festive - just in time for all the holidays coming up. I have chosen to decorate three different coloured napkins with ribbons and a selection of plant material.

I have used three different colour schemes - purple, black and red. The ribbons are all grosgrain - with off-white stitching down the edges - all from Jane's collection. 

The plant material is selection of berries, hips and foliage - Ilex berries, crab apples, small rose hips and Eucalyptus leaves.

They are all quite tolerant of being out of water for several hours before they start looking a bit sad - so very good for decorating table and napkins.

In all the three colours I have simply used ribbons to tie around the middle of the rolled up napkins and I then tucked a small branch of plant material under the ribbon.

This is a quick, simple and very easy way of making your table look colourful and festive. 

If you make an additional flower arrangement - remember to make it low enough - so that people can see and talk to each other across the table. If you want to make a taller arrangement just move it to a side table when you are ready to sit down. 

Some people also say that you should not use strongly scented flowers in and around the dining table. It's believed that a strong scent conflicts with the aroma of food or wine - so stick to unscented flowers around food.

Have a lovely floral day!

I'll be back next month with another 'Flowers and Ribbons' - but before that I'll be back on Wednesday with another 'Tiny Blooms' blog post.

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[All ribbons shown are from Jane Means' Collection of Ribbons.]