This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some large pink Dahlias and some branches of pink snowberries.
I love the subtle pink in both the Dahlias and the snowberries so I wanted to combine the two in an arrangement - as well as making a small arrangement using the cut off lower branches from the snowberries - I also wanted to display some of the heads of the Dahlias in a different way.
- 10 stems of a large Dahlia
- a good bunch of branches of snowberries
- a large quite heavy or sturdy container in a neutral colour
- a small vase in a contrasting colour
- some kind of low container to float the Dahlia heads in - in a matching colour to the small vase
- florist snippers and a pair of secateurs
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.
You need a large container that is sturdy enough to hold the branches of snowberries - with a lot of berries they become very heavy. Start off by putting the snowberry branches in the container - they will bend and gracefully arch over the sides of the container. They will be hard to restrain so just let them do their thing and let them go wherever they want to go.
You'll probably need to cut off some of the lower, smaller branches - these will make up the second small arrangement of snowberries.
Next put in the Dahlias - cut them a bit shorter to sit below most of the snowberries - by gently feeding them in-between the branches.
For the floating arrangement use a low container - a bowl or similar. I have used a vintage cast iron Yorkshire pudding mould. Cut off most of the stems and float them in a little bit of water.
I have then used a matching black mini vase for the lower cut off branches and made a very small arrangement with only snowberries.
The contrasting black gives the whole arrangement a bit of drama. The Dahlias last for about 4-5 days - but the snowberris lasts for longer. Any berries that might go brown - just gently twist them off and if you re-cut the ends of the stems they will last for about a week or even longer.
Have a lovely Floral Friday!
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]