12 September 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 21 - Zinnia

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Zinnias.

I'm in love with these Zinnias - they are just such a riot of colours and who can be in a bad mood with flowers like this around.

Zinnias are a native of Mexico and some other South American countries. They come in a wide range of colours, including white, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac. They are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. A lot of gardeners find them a bit tricky to grow due to a tendency to develop mould, they also hate having their roots disturbed and it's important not to sow too early - as they like it warm. 

You'll need :

- about 25 stems of Zinnias
- a medium sized container with a large opening - I have used an old vintage zinc milk pail

As always - condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase - cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with tepid water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.

In the final arrangement cut the stems so that the outer flowers rest on the edge of the container - then cut the rest a bit longer to create a nice dome-shaped arrangement. I removed almost all of the leaves as I wanted just a mass of colour with no foliage showing.

I also chose a neutral container for a vase - in this case a vintage zinc milk pail from my grandmothers house in Sweden. 

There are a few different types of Zinnias - but this particular one has quilled or rolled petals and they reminded me a bit of paper flowers.  

So just for fun I added a few craft things - some colourful rolled up card, some pink tissue paper, a bead necklace, some greeting cards and a few ribbons. 

The ribbons are all from Jane Means' ribbon collection. I'm one of Jane Means Ribbon Bloggers - and we feature her ribbons in some of our blog posts.  

Have a Wonderful Floral Friday!

~ xoxo ~ 


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


Frances said...

Ingrid, seeing these brilliant zinnias has definitely set a happy mood for this weekend. Thank you so much for all the close up views of the various sides of your arrangement.

I also love the colors and items you've got surrounding the zinnias. They add to the overal glow.

You know...you've given me some grand ideas for colors to combine in some future knitting projects!

Thank you. xo

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've had a look back at your previous posts and enjoyed the bouquets assembled.
I would have to purchase the flowers to duplicate your projects but in the mean time, I'm picking up some design pointers.
After looking at the few zinnias I planted in one of the gardens this year, they would be a good choice for colour and continuous bloom next year. Who knows, maybe I'd have enough to make a bouquet.

Lisa Gordon said...

These colors are gorgeous, Ingrid, and so welcome today, as it is cold and gray here. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend, my friend! xo.

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