11 February 2014

Floral Styling - A Simple Flower Arrangement - # 5 - Orange Tulips

Bright orange and yellow tulips might not be the easiest to combine with other colours. Instead of trying to find contrasting colours I decided to just add even more orange and a bit of brown - in the form of an orange and brown cushion, some brightly painted wooden horses and a brown glass jar.

The flowers are from my local farmers' market and after conditioning them by removing lower leaves and cutting the stems at an angle and then leaving them to stand in water for a while - I arranged them very simply in the jar.

The container that I have used as a vase is a vintage brown glass apothecary jar with an interesting enamel label with lettering and it normally has a round glass lid.

I left as many leaves as possible just to break up all the orange and yellow with a bit of green. I also cut the stems a little bit shorter than normally - tulips continue to grow in the vase - as I wanted the flowers to stand quite straight in a tight bunch and not flop over the sides of the vase. 

I want to tell you a little bit about these brightly painted horses. They are traditional Swedish Dala horses and are probably something that you would see in most Swedish homes. The name comes from the province where they are made - Dalarna. They are all hand carved and hand painted and today its a symbol of Dalarna and Sweden. Dala horses are often used by designers on fabrics, as jewellery and in knitting patterns. 

My little collection of Dala horses is a mixture of old and new collected over the years. The faded one on the right is probably from the 1950's.

If you like orange flowers here is another post that I did last year. It's called Floral Fusion - Here Comes Spring!

Have a Lovely Floral Day!

See you soon!

xoxo Ingrid

[All images © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]


Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Good morning, Ingrid!
Such beautiful bright colors today. And I loved learning a little something about the Dala horses.
Wishing you a lovely day,

Lisa Gordon said...

I have not seen tulips in the stores here yet, so your beautiful images are very special indeed, Ingrid.
These colors are gorgeous.

Happy day to you! xo.

Frances said...

Ingrid, what a fine idea to add more "framing" color to enhance the effect of the bright tulips!

Your collection of Dala horses is quite charming, They are perfect examples of how traditional styles can be eternally contemporary.

Thank you also for the reminder to cut those tulip stems a bit short to help the flowers to continue to stand proudly even as they continue to grow.

Lovely! xo

Our photos said...

Beautiful tulips!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Härligt med alla färger och jag får en känsla av svensk folklore/allmoge med textilen och dalahästarna! Vackert Ingrid...
Burken är också underbar, en gammal apoteksburk väl?
Ha en skön fortsatt vecka så hörs vi snart!
Kram Titti

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