This is the second blog post in the series 'Take 3 Flowers' - where I will show you how to make easy but beautiful and stylish flower arrangements - just using three different flowers. Often one of the three will be some kind of foliage.
Using just three flowers will sometimes be a challenge - but it will also keep the cost down. Cut flowers can be expensive but foliage on the other hand tends to be cheep. You can use lots of it to help fill out the arrangement and to provide support and structure for the other flowers.
I loved the contrast between the strong pink of the tulips and the Ranunculus; and the silver grey of the Eucalyptus leaves.
- 9 stems of dark pink tulips
- 7 stems of dark pink Ranunculus
- 12 short stems of Eucalyptus leaves or similar silver grey foliage
- a fairly large vase or container - in this case I have used a florist's zinc bucket
Tulips are starting to appear at flowers stalls on London street corners - and they come in all kinds of yummy and delicious colours.
And also finding Ranunculus in similar colour to the tulips - I didn't have too hesitate.
Pink and grey is a lovely combination - so the grey-green Eucalyptus leaves were perfect.
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, dark place over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.
Sorry, about always repeating this last bit - but it's probably the most important thing you can do to make your flowers last longer! So I'm afraid you have to put up with me always going on about it.
Start by cutting down the the Eucalyptus into smaller stems. They should not be too long - you want the flowers to sit above the foliage. You'll need between 10 and 15 little stems - depending on the size of container. First line them around the edges and then fill in the middle with the rest of the stems.
Put the vase at the edge of the work surface and measure the height of the flowers before making the final cut. The Ranunculus should sit just above the foliage - but you can cut the tulips a bit shorter as they will continue to grow in the vase.
A bowl of pink raffia! I love raffia and use it all the time to tie flowers and I tie it around vases as containers as decoration; I also use it instead of string or ribbons when I wrap presents.
In among the flowers and the pink raffia I have placed two little mini zinc watering cans.
The evenings are getting darker and longer and its the time of year when its nice to light some candles. Have used some vintage mini tart tins with fluted edges to hold some tea lights.
So here you have some flowers in strong colours and some little candles to brighten up the dark autumn evenings.
Have a Lovely Floral Monday!
See you later in the week!
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]