24 October 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 27 - Autumn Flowers and Grasses

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend - I'm featuring some autumn flowers from my garden and some Chrysanthemums from the farmers market.

I had a few Chrysanthemums left over from a previous project - they were still going strong, looking good and not at all ready to go on the compost heap.

So I decided to try to find something in my own garden to combine them with. I found some Sedum in a dark, rich maroon colour, a few pink little flowers from the ground-cover Heuchera and some fluffy seed heads from the lovely grass Miscanthus.

You'll need: 

- 3 stems of Sedum 
- 3-5 multi-stemmed light coloured Chrysanthemums
- 3 stems of Heuchera flowers
- 6 stems of Miscanthus grass 
- a medium sized vase or container with maybe a coloured detail that picks up some colour in the arrangement - in this case I have used a vintage milk jug with a brown stripe across the middle
- a small light coloured jar or container 
- a few vintage books

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.

Start off with the larger Sedum flowers - cut the stems so that the flowers are resting on the edge of the container. Cut some of the Chrysanthemums the same length - so they also rest on the edge and others a bit longer to go in the middle of the arrangement. Then feed the thin stems of the Heuchera flowers and the grasses evenly throughout the arrangement to give a bit of height and movement.

Make up a second small arrangement in the smaller vase using the offcuts from the multi-stemmed Chrysanthemums and give the small arrangement a more prominent raised position by putting it on a few books.

A quick, easy and seasonal arrangement for no extra cost at all. Brilliant!

Have a lovely Floral Friday and a Happy Weekend!

~ xoxo ~


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


Lisa Gordon said...

This is such a lovely arrangement, Ingrid.
I love the color combination you chose.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. xo.

Frances said...

Ingrid, you always make me smile with your clever use of "cut offs" from the main flower stems. The mini arrangement on top of the books is charming.

Happy weekend to you, too! xo

Madelief said...

Beautiful! Love the little jug you put them in.

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

Janneke said...

Great arrangement, I always enjoy watching your combinations of flowers and vases. I admire you how you can keep it simple and stylish.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Enkelt och sååå vackert Ingrid...underbart!
Varm kram,

Our photos said...

Very nice !

angie said...

danke für die tollen blumenbilder!!! alles liebe von angie

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