1 October 2014

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Late Summer Colour

This time on 'FLOWERS by ingrid and titti' - we are doing 'Late Summer Colour'. 

I can hear you say: "What is she talking about - all I can see is white and green - not much colour there!"

Well, I went out with the best intentions - imagining coming back home with brightly coloured Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Asters and Hydrangeas.

It was not to be - at one of my local Wednesday farmers' market - all the Dahlias were already gone when I got there - even though I was really early. 

At the next stop - a flower stall a few streets away - I didn't I see any Dahlias or Chrysanthemums and when I asked - I was told that they don't stock them because nobody buys them. And the Hydrangea was so expensive my jaw dropped open. 

It's a crazy world out there - all I was asking for was seasonal flowers!!

But I was not going to give up so easily - I quickly had to re-think my strategy and as there was plenty of white flowers to be had - I went back and could happily pick and choose from both places - all kinds of different white flowers.  

I picked out some lovely white medium-sized Chrysanthemums, some white snapdragons also called Antirrhinum - that the bees love, and the last ones were some stock flowers that are also called Matthiola. 

White flowers often have a lot of light green coming through - in this case all the flowers I used have some green either in the buds or the centre of the flower.

I also bought some lovely snowberries - these white berries has quickly become a favourite with a lot of designers and stylists - and I'm not surprised as they are just lovely. They also come with stunning pink berries - you can use them with or without leaves - mixed in with other flowers or by themselves.

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.

I added a few little green vases - among them this amazing hand-blown vase - that is more like a piece of art - a beauty with or without flowers. 

I arranged the flowers directly in the vase - I wanted the shorter flowers to sit just above the edge of the container. It's a very large vintage preserving jar that I picked up in Sweden at a 'loppis'.

I then cut the stems longer in the centre of the arrangement to make a nice domed shape. 

When I work with flowers I use both a pair of snippers and a sturdy pair of scissors. It's often quite handy to have both. I also often wear a thin pair of garden gloves - just to give my hands some protection. 

Here is a little close-up of the three white flowers and the white snowberries.

My collaborator on FLOWERS - Titti Malmberg over on her blog HWIT BLOGG - is also posting about late summer flowers - so pop over and see what she is up to.

If you are interested - you can see all our FLOWERS posts HERE or on Pinterest.

Have a Lovely Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~ 


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


martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

C'est avec délectation que j'ai suivi photo après photo la composition de ce très joli bouquet de fleurs blanches.
Un billet tout en douceur.

Gros bisous ♡

Draffin Bears said...

Hello Ingrid,

Lovely to discover your blog via Titti and see all your wonderful flower arrangements. I always love white flowers and thanks for sharing.
Hope you are enjoying the week

HWIT BLOGG said...

Ha ha ja nog tänkte jag 2 gånger att jag missuppfattat dagens tema Ingrid! Men vilket vackert inlägg du gjort...underbara och enkla färger! Mitt blev...hm...väldigt färgglatt om man säger så...
Ha en finfin dag!
Kram Titti

Janneke said...

Lovely arrangement!

Jarka Panci said...

Ingrid, beautiful, very beautiful flowers. The white chrysanthemum
and antirrhinum majus (?) - is fantastic!
Good days with flowers.

Madelief said...

Beautiful photo's Ingrid!

Madelief x

Lisa Gordon said...

White flowers are my favorite, and these are so beautiful, Ingrid. xo.

Frances said...

Ingrid, there is always so much to admire, and so much to learn, from your posts.

True, I might not otherwise think of white flowers, or berries, even with a delicate green tint, at this time of the year. Your have now rearranged my preconceptions with your beautiful flowers and berries.

I'll be visiting the farmers market this Friday, and look forward to seeing what's on offer with fresh eyes.


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