19 October 2014

Florets - Floral Quotes - Five Favourites

Sadly it's the end of Florets - my weekly Sunday post with floral quotes - at least for know. I've been writing it for the last two years and have clocked up close to a hundred quotes.

I would like to thank all of you who so loyally have followed Florets and made many kind comments.

I wanted to show you the quotes that has been the most popular among you guys - they are by Grace Bonney, Rachel de Thame, Shane Connolly, Paula Pryke and Jane Packer. 

"Few things bring a room to life or add that last special something like a beautiful arrangement of flowers. My personal obsession with fresh flowers and potted plants led me to add two floral columns to Design*Sponge and drag several of my editors along to countless flower arranging classes so we could learn more. For some people, flower arrangements can be somewhat daunting, but they can be easy, and exiting to create." 
~ Grace Bonney ~

[Grace Bonney - American, founder of the blog Design*Sponge and author of Design*Sponge at Home.]
[Quote: from Design*Sponge at Home.]
[Foliage: Pittosporum.]
[Containers: Vintage metal milk jugs.]
[Other props: Painted wood panelling, painted wooden cubes and vintage apothecary funnel.]

The transient nature of dazzling autumn colour is a great part of its appeal. You cannot expect to capture something so beautiful and ephemeral, and the inescapable fact that it will never again appear quite the same is somehow reassuring. Seize the moment, look long and hard, commit the view to memory, take a photograph - for the resplendent scene you see today may be gone tomorrow.
~ Rachel de Thame ~ 

[Rachel de Thame - British gardener, author of three books, Gardener's World presenter and designer of the flowers for The Royal Barge at Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.]
[Quote: from Rachel de Thame's Top 100 Star Plants.]
[Flowers: Dahlia 'Arabian Night', Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' and grapes from Vitis vinifera.]

"Watching nature and being aware of the seasons also makes flower choice so much simpler. 
After many years in the business, I am still amazed how a few stems of flowers can bring life to even the most unprepossessing space. A breath of fresh air in every sense of the word. And often it IS just a few stems that are needed.
Just a single flower can remind me of a whole garden or a few papery leaves, an autumn wood."
~  Shane Connolly ~

[Shane Connolly - florist and event designer; he designed the flowers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, author of A Year in Flowers, Table Flowers and The Language of Flowers.] 
[Quote from A Year in Flowers by Shane Connolly.]
Flowers: One stem of purple hydrangea.]
[Vase: Vintage jar from Kew's seed bank with the original handwritten labels.]
[Other vintage props: flower painting, fabric ribbon, Victorian metal grate, bone necklaces, book, fabric covered jewellery box, 1940's belt buckle, Art Nouveau ashtray, round miniature black wooden box and kilim rug.]

"Colour is the most important element in any flower arrangement because it sets the mood of the display - the colour can be vibrant and arresting or calm and soothing. The technical skills involved in arranging flowers can be learned but I believe we are born with our own personal response to colour. The way we 'see' colour can be very different from the next person and what one person may consider to be bright and colourful, another may consider garish."
~ Paula Pryke ~

[Paula Pryke - British, London based florist, founder of Paula Pryke Flower School and author of fifteen books.]
[Quote: from Living Colour by Paula Pryke.]
[Flowers: Orange Chrysanthemums.]
[Vase: Vintage clear glass apothecary jar.]
[Other Props: Rag weaving from Anthropologie.]
[Styling and photography: © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

" One of the quickest ways to make a living room feel special is to use flowers. They remind us of the natural world, the changing seasons and the planet that we live on. We often choose to accessorize with cushions, lamps or other bits and pieces, but I believe that it's flowers that truly bring a living room to life."
~ Jane Packer ~

[Jane Packer - (1959-2011) British florist and founder of Jane Packer Flowers and flower school, author of thirteen books.]
[Flowers: purple stock flowers.]
[Vintage props: Light green Art Nouveau glass vase, French window shutters and book by Dante.]
[Styling and photography by Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.] 

Have a wonderful Floral Sunday!

~ xoxo ~


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


Jarka Panci said...

Good morning Ingrid. Beautiful writing and again amazing flowers!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You chose very special quotes for your favourites Ingrid and they all speak to me as well. In the past when writing a column for Valentine's Day I often suggested to the men that a single rose on a pillow can be as effective romantically as a dozen roses in a vase.
I have enjoyed your series of quotes and during our cold and snowy winter I will definitely come back and seek them out for inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your passion of flowers.

Frances said...

Ingrid, you've brought me a Happy Floral Monday with this post's beautiful photographs and inspiring quotes.

I have so enjoyed this series of Floral Quotes posts. Each one has had a unique spirit, a unique link to the happiness that flowers and leaves can bring us.


Lisa Gordon said...

Surely I will miss this, Ingrid.
What beautiful arrangements and photographs these are. xo.

Diana Studer said...

even now, in the last 2 weeks of packing, boxes in chaos, I still have roses in vases, making me feel at home.

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