29 June 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 13 - Pink and White Flowers



This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As usual my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!



Seven different flowers in seven different clear glass containers. The pink flowers are peonies, sweet peas, spray roses, Gladiolus italicus and Astrantia. The white flowers are stock and Gypsophila.


All the containers are vintage laboratory glass containers in different shapes and sizes.  


I have grouped them together on a tabletop and added a few black props - a Jane Packer apron, two small bowls and two little boxes with postcards from the Design Museum in London. 


Flower arranging does not have to be done in one vase or you don't even have to mix any flowers. Choose a few different flowers within the same colour range, pick out containers that are similar in some way and put one type of flower in each container. 

Group them together on a table or sideboard and you end up with an interesting mix of colours, shapes, heights and textures, it will give visual variation and at the same time have a great impact.  


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Wednesday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I'm now taking a break from blogging to enjoy some time with family and friends. I will see you again in August.

Have a wonderful summer - enjoy the warmer weather and go out and smell the flowers! 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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24 June 2016

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Happy Midsummer!



It's midsummer and Titti and I would like to wish you all a Happy Midsummer!


I have put together a summer bouquet especially for today. It's full of frothy bright green Alchemilla mollis, dark coloured Astrantia and Aquilegia and some small bright pink Gladiolus italicus.


It's always something special about summer flowers. All of these are grown in Britain and again most of them are from Forever Green Flower Company.

Simply a perfect and lovely bunch to celebrate midsummer with.


Titti Malmberg - my 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 next week with more floral delights from 'Of Spring and summer'. 

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


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17 June 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 80 - Pink Spray Roses



It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for The Weekend, will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient and easy for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 


Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will be a lot cheaper.


Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible.




I'm going all pink and all floral this week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend'. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!



I'm using spray roses in a very soft and muted pink colour. I left as much foliage as possible just to give added greenery and texture.


I pulled out a lot of china with pink flowers - plates, platters, bowls and jugs. Out came cushions with florals on them as well. I just wanted a really rich and overloaded feel to go with my pink roses..... 


Of course the roses are so beautiful all by themselves that nothing else was ever really needed - but I loved putting it all together and making it look a bit 'over the top' - all pink and floral. 


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Friday and a great weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' and I'll be back next Friday  with another 'FLOWERS' where Titti and I will wish you all a Happy Midsummer.

Ingrid 

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15 June 2016

Creative with Flowers - #12 - Allium siculum



This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As usual my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!


Ok, let's start with the many names of this flower. When I was studying horticulture and garden design we called this plant Nectaroscordum siculum - it has now changed it's name to Allium siculum. It also has several common names Sicilian honey garlic, Mediterranean bells and Sicilian honey lily.

It has very pretty bell shaped flowers in cream, pink and green tints. The flowers sit on top of long stems and yes, you guessed it, it smells of garlic! 


Use with other flowers in a mixed bunch for a more wild style or like here on their on for a more modern and contemporary look. 

I wanted a very clean and minimal look so I have used a cylindrical clear glass vase, a vintage wooden foot stool and as a backdrop a black and white print by Manya Goldman, an old friend of mine from art school. 

The flowers are from Forever Green Flower Company. An organic flower farm run and owned by Cel Robertson in Norfolk. I buy her flowers twice a month when she has a stall at my local farmer's market.



Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Wednesday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Friday with another 'A Bunch for the Weekend'.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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13 June 2016

Tiny Blooms - # 34 - Pink Peonies and Sweet Peas



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. 

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!


I wanted to create a small bouquet this week for 'Tiny Blooms'. One that maybe your grand-mother would have made - a little bit old-fashioned as well as sweet and romantic.
The flower stalls are full of peonies and sweet peas, so what I got was a combination of gorgeous pink peonies and multi-coloured pink sweet peas. 


I used my grandmother's cut glass vase that she gave me many years ago. At the time I was not too keen on it but now of course I love it. You often see similar at flea markets, car boot sales, loppis or charity stores.

The silver coloured jug, coffee pot and sugar bowl are old silverplated items that I've picked up from flea markets. All the silver is worn off and today has very little or no value - but are great to use as props. 


The arrangement is easy to make. I made a handtied bouquet and then put it in the vase. But you can also make it straight in the vase. Mix in the sweet peas so that the little flowers sit between the large peonies. Also tuck a few around the edge of the vase.

This is a wonderful time of year with so many beautiful flowers around - so make sure you take the opportunity to enjoy them during the short period that they flower.  


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Monday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Wednesday with another 'Creative with Flowers'.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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10 June 2016

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Say it with Flowers!



The theme for this week's FLOWERS is 'Say It With Flowers'. We often associate certain flowers with a particular meaning. Roses with love, Lily-of-the-valley with return of happiness, violets with innocence and so the list goes on. This was something that was very popular in Victorian times. 


We still sometimes use flowers this way but today we choose more whether it's a happy or a sad occasion. In early spring we might buy daffodils to cheer us up because we relate daffodils with springtime, sun and a new beginning. Later in the spring we will buy tulips that we often look at as a happy flower. Lilies on the other hand a lot of people associate with sadness. 


BUT I have chosen to do something different. I picked three white but very different flowers - Gypsophila, Gladiolus and Stock. Instead of looking at flowers having a meaning - I'm looking at flowers and how you can very, very simply style them in different ways.


I have used the same flowers in two different ways by adding a selection of props. Sometimes I'm using the same vase or container other times a different vase.


In the first image of each flower it's a vintage look in the second it's more of a contemporary look.


The whole colour scheme is very simple - it's white with a few touches of black.


I have added a mix of black and white contemporary fabrics, white napkins, white vintage enamelled jars from France, vintage lace, a Finnish glass bowl and vase, old books, a vintage funnel and a bowl with vintage dice and curtain rings.

I wanted to show how you can make the same flowers look good in different environments by simply changing the styling using vintage or contemporary fabrics and other props. 


If you go over to Titti's blog you can see her interpretation of this week's theme. Here is the link to her blog. 

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a lovely floral Friday!

Titti and I will be back later in June with some more FLOWERS with a new and interesting theme.

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8 June 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 11 - Allium, Alchemilla mollis and Bear Grass



This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As usual my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!



This week on 'Creative with Flowers' I'm featuring big purple Alliums with some fluffy acid-green Alchemilla mollis and in a second container long narrow grasses called Bear grass.



The three plants have very distinctively different colour, shape and texture. The two main colours are complementary - the purple and the sharp green are almost opposite each other on the colour wheel. 


Allium is a tall architectural flower that needs a tall and heavy vase for the whole arrangement not to topple over. I have used very large glass pickling jars. 

The Alchemilla mollis is arranged as a collar around the stems of the Alliums creating great contrast and gives a lot of visual variation. 


In a second container I put two bunches of Bear grass also called Xerophyllum. It gives an additional contrasting texture with it's long linear shape.

Allium comes without any foliage, the Alchemilla mollis has very few leaves so very quick and easy to remove any that might end up below the waterline in the container and with the grass you just trim the ends. All very quick and easy!


Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Wednesday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - Titti and I will be back on Friday with another themed 'FLOWERS'.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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