19 September 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 22 - Pink and Yellow Dahlia




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some stunning pink and yellow Dahlias. Here in the UK Dahlias are still going strong - so yet again some more of this extraordinary flower.  




You'll need:
- nine stems of Dahlia
- a vase or some kind or container that matches the colour of the Dahlias
- 10-12 strands of raffia to tie around the vase
- two decorative plates that matches or picks up the colour in the flowers and the vase. It's good if one is bigger than the other, so you can see the decoration on both plates

As always - condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. In this case I removed all the leaves as I didn't want any green showing. 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.




Twist the lengths of raffia loosely and tie them around the top of the vase. In this case a vintage pink jug. I looped it through the handle and made two simple knots - leaving the ends quite long to casually trail down the sides and onto the plates and table. I just like the simple and casual look. 

Cut the stems long enough for the shortest to rest on the edge of the container - then cut the rest in the middle a bit longer to form a round dome-shaped arrangement. The flower heads should sit just next to each other - quite closely together - but you should be able to see each individual flower head.

Finally - put the vase on the two plates and you have a pretty and romantic arrangement - for your table. 



Just for fun I have thrown in some vintage wooden spools of cotton - I love the worn old labels and that some are empty and others still have some of the old cotton tread left on the spool. 




In the background I arranged some of my favourite wicker baskets - in three different sizes - adding to the romantic country look.





Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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


5 comments:

Lisa Gordon said...

What an amazing color combination this is, Ingrid, and I just love the way you arranged them. Especially on those beautiful saucers. xo.

Ruth @ Camellia Rose said...

Wow those are gorgeous! Dahlias come in such a huge range of colours, it's quite amazing! Have a great weekend :)

cafenoHut said...

Those are amazingly beautiful!

Our photos said...

Very nice ! Dahlias are my favorite ! These have stunning colors.

Frances said...

Ingrid, the colors of these dahlias are exceptionally beautiful, and you've found a fine way to show them off.

I very much like the way that you've added some "bouquets" of baskets and wooden spools to the composition of your photographs. The raffia echos those rounded baskets so well, as well.

Splendid!
xo