5 November 2014

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Natural Beauties

This time on 'FLOWERS by ingrid and titti' - the theme is Natural Beauties.

My inspiration for this FLOWERS came quite simply from the autumnal look of my garden and also from all the beautiful colours on trees and shrubs that I see when doing my daily walks in the park.

What nature produces at this time of year can be both subtle in colour with all its brown tones -  as well as producing lots of leaves and berries with strong, bright colours.

Throughout the year I dry a lot of flowers, grasses and leaves. I bundle things up and after putting a rubber band around the stems - I hang them upside down in what is both my cleaning cupboard and where the hot water cylinder is. It's a dark, warm and very dry place so things dries quickly.

A rubber band works well as it will keep the bundles together as the stems shrink. In the past whenever I've used string the whole bundle sometimes falls apart and everything ends up on the floor. 

Apart from all the dried flowers, grasses, pine cones and leaves - I have also added some stunning pure white Cyclamens. They are almost blindingly white and they were so irresistible that I had to stop and buy some at the farmers' market. 

Some Maidenhair ferns also came home with me from the DIY store. I love the bright green colour and they turned out to be a great contrast to all the brown - giving it all a nice and fresh look.

Maidenhair fern is a house-plant and all I've done is cut a few fronds and put them in some water.

Grasses and colourful leaves are also great to dry. I dried these very large Vitis vine-leaves by just hanging them up in my cleaning cupboard. In this case I didn't want them flat - which I could have done by putting them between sheets of newspaper and some heavy books on top. Instead I wanted them looking a bit more natural and with some twists and turns still showing.

The last image is of a favourite of mine and something that I have featured a couple of times this autumn - Crabapples. They last for months and during that time I have used them in many different ways - on the branches, on little plates, loose on a table and like here in a mortar - and the colour is still spectacular. 

And when I'm finished with them - I will put the little apples in my garden for the birds and squirrels to enjoy.

Titti Malmberg - who is the other half of FLOWERS - is based in Sweden - is also featuring some Natural Beauties over on HWIT BLOGG - please go over to her blog and see what she has done.

You can see all our FLOWERS posts HERE and on Pinterest.

Have a Lovely Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~ 


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


Lisa Gordon said...

My goodness, everything here is so beautiful, Ingrid! I love the wonderful autumn colors, and that large container is gorgeous! xo.

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Vos compositions sont tellement à chaque fois uniques !
J'aime beaucoup ce petit feuillage vert qui vient illuminer parcimonieusement l'ensemble des couleurs automnales.

Gros bisous ☂

Marit Bekkevold Skoglund said...

It is so much to get just right out of our lovely nature. Today I am going to pick some spruce branches and take them inside my house. I want the smell of the spruce, a little reminder of Christmas.
Love from Marit

angie said...

so viele wunderschöne inspirationen!!! viele grüße von angie aus dem heute verregneten deutschland, aber wir haben die sonne im herzen!!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Åhhh så vackert Ingrid...kottarna, den vita cyklamen och de små äpplena, jättefint! Den där lilla gröna saken som du kallar maidenhair är jag nyfiken på, undrar vad den heter på svenska, den är så söt!
Önskar dig en härlig dag, här på har det knappt ljusnat idag, det är november...
Varm kram,

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