This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Ornamental Cabbage and four different Chrysanthemums.
I love the ornamental cabbages that you can find at this time of year and I wanted to use some of the green ones and combine them with white and green Chrysanthemums. I wanted to make three small, low arrangement using some old jars leaving the green and white to be the dominant colours.
- 3 stems of Ornamental Cabbage - in this case the variegated green kind
- an assorted selection of white and green Chrysanthemums
- 3 neutral coloured jars - the ones I'm using are vintage cream coloured jars, but they could also be glass jam jars
- some brown wrapping paper, baking parchment and some hessian fabric
- a handful of clothing pegs and some natural twine
For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:
- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket
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 to cut all the stems quite short as the jars are not very tall. Place one cabbage in each jar - the lower leaves should rest on the edge of the jar. If you are able to find more than one kind of Chrysanthemum - put two or three in each jar and mix them up - so that each jar is a bit different
I tide some natural coloured twine around the neck of the jar and just made a simple double knot - leaving the long ends to trail down the side.
I added a few textured but neutral coloured pieces of paper and fabric - for the whole arrangement to sit on. A piece of hessian also called burlap - with frayed edges.
Add extra texture with some brown wrapping paper, a few sheets of baking parchment and some clothing pegs.
Use the arrangement down the middle of a dining table - on a side or coffee table - together or separately.
This arrangement definitely says autumn by using ornamental cabbage and Chrysanthemums - being two classic autumn flowers - but it's also has a light and airy feel to it.
Have a lovely Floral Friday and a Happy Weekend!
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]