I'll be featuring mostly tulips for the rest of January - the florists, flower stalls, farmers' markets and supermarkets have an over-abundance of tulips in every shape, size and colour.
How can a tulip-loving girl resist that?
This month the tulip is also celebrated in both Sweden and Holland with 'Tulpanens Dag' in Sweden yesterday and 'National Tulip Day' in Holland tomorrow.
- 15 stems of light pink tulips
- 15 stems of dark pink tulips
- a medium size vase or container that picks up the colour of the tulips - here I'm using a bright pink watering can.
For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:
- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket
As always - you need to condition the flowers - remove all the lower leaves that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.
You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase.
I wanted a really rich and generous arrangement so I'm using altogether 30 stems of tulips - 15 of each colour. When I conditioned the tulips I left as many leaves on as possible - just to add some greenery as I was not using any other foliage. I needed to shorten the stems before putting them in the watering can - just so that they were the right height and so that it was all in proportion.
The arrangement sits on a pink and white handwoven Swedish rag-rug surrounded by a pair of florist's scissors, a little pink vase, a pink and white fabric, some natural twine and three wooden plant labels.
I very much enjoyed making this arrangement - and it really made me long for spring!
What about you? Do you also long for spring and some brighter colours?
Have a Happy Floral Friday and a Great Weekend!
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]