10 September 2014

Floral Styling - A Simple Flower Arrangement - # 9 - Alstroemeria, Snapdragons and Scabiosa

Being able to find several flowers that has almost the same colour is sometimes not easy. I felt so lucky to find three different flowers of similar colour and loved being able to combine these dark pink flowers in an arrangement. 

You'll need:  

- 9 stems of Alstroemeria
- 12 stems of Scabiosa
- 3 stems of Antirrhinum also called Snapdragons
- light-coloured or neutral vase with a fairly wide opening
- dark-coloured plate or tray
- some black buttons and a black frame

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.

Start by trimming the Alstroemeria so that the flowers sits about 5-6 cm above the rim of the vase. Do the same to the rest of the stems - some of the flowers will naturally hang over the edge of the vase. 

Trim the Scabiosa to similar length and dot the flowers in amongst the Alstroemeria. 

Trim the snapdragons so that they sit above the rest of the other flowers - to suggest some movement and textural interest. 

I then positioned the vase on a black metal plate - a bit off-centre and added some vintage black buttons next to the arrangement.

All the buttons are from my mother's and grandmother's "button collections" - I think it was a way of thinking. "Never throw away a button - they might come in useful." When sorting out my grandparents old house in Sweden - I found several cake tins full of buttons. I kept a small amount - I especially like this collection of large black buttons from the 1930's, 40's and 50's in wood and early plastic materials. 

The black empty frame in the background picks up the black theme and nicely 'frames' this dark and dramatic late summer arrangement.

The flowers are grown by Cel Robertson at Forever Green Flower Company and I bought them at my local farmers market where they have a stall every Saturday morning.

Have a Lovely and Creative Day with Flowers!

~ xoxo ~ 


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


martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Un bouquet flamboyant qui me ravit... Une belle note d'optimisme pour débuter la journée. Merci pour ce joli billet...
J'aime les boutons aussi. j'en possède beaucoup, j'ai conservé également tous ceux de ma grand-mère dont certains sont de véritables oeuvres d'art !

Gros bisous ☼

Magicwoman said...

What a lovely Idea Flower with Buttons.

Nice Greetings from Austria


Pondside said...

This arrangement is a lovely reminder that there is still a bit of summer left, despite the date on the calendar.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is a really beautiful combination, Ingrid, in both color and form. Love it! xo.

ruma said...


Set of elegant flower. And, excellent shot.

Thank you for your visit. It's my honor.

Greetings and hugs.
Have a good day. From Japan, ruma❃

Nat L. said...

Très joli bouquet Ingrid !
Bon week-end

Ruth @ Camellia Rose said...

I love this arrangement! The points of the snapdragons really add interest. The colours are so beautiful for late summer. I'm pinning this for inspiration in a few months' time :)

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