26 August 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Late Summer Colours


Pink and Purple Hydrangea in Vintage Grey Enamelled Jug

This weeks theme for FLOWERS is - 'Late Summer Colours'.
My inspiration comes from not only one of my favourite flowers - but also a few of my favourite things that I have collected over the years. 

Pink and Purple Hydrangea in Vintage Grey Enamelled Jug

The gorgeous flowers are some Hydrangea macrophylla in pink and purple colours. The flowers were sold as one bunch but two stems were pink, two stems purple and the fifth stem was both pink and purple. Hydrangea macrophylla is an unusual plant in sense that the flowers change colour depending on the acidity or alkalinity in the soil.

I love the grey colour of the French vintage enamelled jug. It's not too light and not too dark - perfect colour to use with a lot of bright flowers.


Pink and Purple Hydrangea


The black plate with the purple flowers is bought in Mexico on one of my many trips to California while visit my husband's family.  

Pink and Purple Hydrangea

White and grey marble is a perfect surface to use as a background when you take photographs of both flowers and food. It's neutral but with interesting variation in colour and texture and the pink stems shows up well against the marble.


Pink and Purple Hydrangea

The black basket is made from telephone wires by Zulu craftsmen in South Africa and the stool is designed by the Finnish architect Alvar Alto. 

I very much enjoy the mix of things from different parts of the world and different cultures.

The off-white painted wood panel, the marble tabletop, the grey container and all the black works as an interesting background for the pink and purple colours of the late summer flowering Hydrangeas.

Pink and Purple Hydrangea in Vintage Grey Enamelled Jug

Please, have a look at Titti's blog HWIT BLOGG and see how she has worked around the theme of 'Late Summer Colours'. 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!


I will be back soon with more floral delights.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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



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21 August 2015

Floral media: Cosmos Summer Flower Arrangement with Sarah Raven


I have the pleasure to present another brilliant little video with Sarah Ravens from her vast repertoire of videos. 

This time its a summer arrangement where she's using white Cosmos 'Purity' as her main flower.



She is also using Ammi majus and Gaura 'The Bride' - amongst other favourite flower varieties. The whole arrangement has a 'just picked from the roadside' feel to it. Its big and loose - perfect for a summer lunch table.

Here is a little bit about Sarah in case you have missed my previous posts about her:

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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12 August 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Flowers in August


Dahlia, Sedum and Snapdragons in a basket

My Swedish collaborator Titti Malmberg and I are back with a new season of FLOWERS.

Over the spring and summer there has been quite a lot of changes in Titti and my lives. Titti has made a move - away from the island of Öland - where she had lived for many years. She has moved a bit further south on the mainland but still lives along the coast.

I have started to train as a florist and did a Certificate in Floral Design during the spring. I will continue with a more advanced level soon. In the summer months we have had some long overdue work done on our house and garden and at times it has been like living on a building site - but hopefully it will look great once its all done.

Dahlia, Sedum and Snapdragons in a basket

The theme for this FLOWERS is 'Flowers in August' - and I have chosen to feature three late summer flowers - Dahlias, Sedum and Snapdragons.

I still have limited access to all my props and my 'photography studio' - but I was able to find a pretty basket, a large glass jar and two white vases.

Using a basket to display your flowers in you will need to put the flowers in a waterproof container of some sort. I just used a low wide glass jar. The flowers look pretty just resting on the edge of the basket.

The light pink Snapdragons or Antirrhinum, which is the botanical name, is a lovely contrast to the dark pink Dahlias and the still green Sedum.

Pink and yellow Dahlia in white vases

I arranged the large pink and yellow Dahlias in two vintage vases. The two white vases are the same colour, has narrow necks and both has deep ridges all the way around but they have different shapes.

The Dahlias came with plenty of leaves and quite a few buds - but I removed all that as I just wanted the large flowers. I also cut the stems short as I wanted the flowers to sit just above the top of the vase.

I used three Dahlias in each vase - remember the rule of uneven numbers - use three, five or seven flowers - it looks more natural and is easier on the eye.

Three flower heads fitted snugly in the neck of the vase and gives the arrangement a feeling of being large and generous.  

Pink and yellow Dahlia in vintage white vase


The last arrangement is a little bit of an exploration on an idea that I had. I started off with a very large straight-sided vintage pickling jar. 

I divided up the flowers and cut the stems three different lengths. I filled the jar with just a little bit of water. The short ones went in the bottom of the jar, the medium length went half way up the jar and the longest at the top. 

The longer stems are hidden by the shorter flowers - so what you have is 'a jar full of flowers'. This is not an arrangement that will last very long. Flowers needs air circulating around them so you run the risk of of the flowers inside the jar going a bit 'soggy'. But its a fun and different way of displaying flowers.  

Pink and yellow Dahlias in a vintage pickling jar


Please, go over to HWIT BLOGG and have a look at how Titti has interpreted the theme of 'Flowers in August'. 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!


I will be back soon with more floral delights.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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



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8 August 2015

Floral Media: Flower Agenda - week 32-35 - Hydrangea




Here is another instalment from The Flower Council of Holland's campaign about cut flowers. It's called Flower Agenda and during the weeks 32-35 it's all about Hydrangea.


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

  • The Hydrangea originates from Asia and South America.
  • The name Hydrangea comes from 'hydor' meaning water and 'angeion' meaning vessel or jar - because the seed capsules resembles a water jug. 
  • It comes in many different colours - white, pink, red, purple, green and blue - some are also multicoloured.



  • The Hydrangea is an unique plant in that the Hydrangea macrophylla flowers change colour depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the soil.
  • Hydrangea flowers are very good for drying.
  • There are many different kinds of Hydrangeas - round globe-shaped mophead Hydrangeas, some are lacecap with small flowers in the middle and large petals on the edge others have a plume shaped panicle.


  • The Hydrangea symbolises gratitude, grace and beauty.
  • It also radiates abundance, thanks to the profusion of flowers and its generous round shape.
  • Using it as a cut flower - trim about 2.5 cm off the bottom of the stem and place in a clean vase or container with clean cool water.
  • To revive limp flowers - completely submerge in tepid water for 30 minutes - and they should hopefully perk up. 

  • Hydrangeas are available all year around from florists - but in the Northern Hemisphere they are mainly a summer and autumn flower.
  • They can last in a vase for up to two weeks.
  • To prevent wilting gently spray with water.
  • Hydrangea make wonderful arrangements just on their own but also mixes well with other flowers.  

Here is a short video showing the Hydrangea through the eye of a photographer. Edwin Brosens is using the Hydrangea flower as his 'muse'. He thinks they are "colourful, intriguing and he never gets tired of them".




I hope you have enjoyed finding out about the massively popular Hydrangea.


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a great floral day!


I will be back next week with more floral delights.

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Images provided by The Flower Council of Holland.]


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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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