3 November 2014

Tiny Blooms - # 1 - Ornamental Cabbage

I'm starting another blog series or column - that I'm calling 'Tiny Blooms' and it will be about small arrangements. Small or tiny might be the size of the container or it could be the size of the flowers or the amount of stems in each container. It will also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself some creative freedom here!

In this the first 'Tiny Blooms' - I'm diving straight in and almost breaking some of the rules. 

I'm using some rather long-stemmed ornamental cabbage - you should have seen them before I got hold of them, they were twice as tall - BUT there are only three of them.

I have also reduced the flower head taking off the greener outer leaves and just leaving the really stunningly colourful ones in the centre. I also love the amazing colour on the stems and wanted to show part of them.

So after conditioning the flowers - I reduced the heads by taking off a lot of the lower leaves - I trimmed the stems so that they are in proportion to the container - and in this case allowing for some of the beautiful stems to show - rather then having the flower heads rest on the edge of the container - as you probably normally would do.

I tried to tie some purple raffia around the stems - to hold the three stems together - but in the end decided that it didn't work - the heads looked too squashed together - instead I just let the three stems lean to one side. I didn't want a stiff arrangement and as I said before I wanted to show the stems. 

I changed from purple raffia to black twine and tied some around the neck of the cream ware container - just with a double knot and leaving the ends to casually hang down. 

Voilà - a seasonal, quick and easy arrangement - using some colourful 'tiny blooms'.

  Have a Lovely Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~


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


angie said...

die blumen sehen sehr schön aus!!! danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen, eine schöne woche wünscht angie aus deutschland

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I LOVE it! I am very excited to see the arrangements in your new series. I have always liked simple and small arrangements. When the arrangements are small and simple, you can really see and appreciate the flowers. It's brilliant to "turn" cabbage into flowers. Have a lovely week, Ingrid.

Janneke said...

Very inspiring and difficult (for me) to make tiny flower arrangements. So nice these ornamental cabbages, it is the art of omission, I can still learn something.

Frances said...

What a fine idea to focus on some smaller compositions! You've truly picked a great trio to begin this series, Ingrid.

The colors glow in both the flowers and the exposed 'de-leafed" stems. Knotting that simple black twine around the creamware gives this your special touch.

Many thanks for this inspiration. xo

Tante Mali said...

Dear Ingrid,
tiny blooms with a big effect! What a lovely idea! But you know I always love your flower posts!
Have a happy happy time

Sylvia Sanyambe Sinyinda said...

These are really stunning, Ingrid!I enjoy your posts.

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