27 February 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 41 - Hot Pink Tulips in a Cup

Pink Tulips in a Cup

Today on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some hot pink tulips in an antique blue and white floral cup.

Early tulips are fabulous at the moment and will be for a few more months. 

Pink Tulips in a Cup

You'll need:

- 15 stems of tulips in a bright colour
- a cup in a contrasting colour - in this case I have used an antique blue and white floral china cup
- a few little trinkets in the same colour as the cup - in this case I have used three vintage blue glass mini bottles 

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, 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 or container and to get the right proportions.

Pink Tulips in a Cup

Cut the tulip stems quite short - short enough to sit right above the edge of the cup. Try to leave the top leaf on - to give just that little bit of green and to break up the mass of strong pink.

Fill the cup quite tightly - to give more impact both with colour and volume.

Pink Tulips in a Cup

Tulips continue to grow in the vase - so you have two choices.

1. When you change water in the vase re-cut the stems to the height you want them.

2. Change the water as usual - but let the tulips do whatever they want to do and enjoy their natural beauty.

Pink Tulips in a Cup

The three little cobalt blue glass bottles are vintage and they nicely pick up the blue colour on the cup.  

One used to contain 'bitter' - the other two with metal caps - I have no idea what they were used for. Bitter was used as an additive in cocktails and to promote appetite and digestion.   

This little arrangement is simple, quick and easy - BUT with a lot of strong colour and some attitude!

Are you ready to add some colour to your life? Well - colour is sometimes so welcome at this time of year - don't you think?

Pink Tulips in a Cup

Have a Happy Floral Friday and Enjoy Your Weekend!

~ xoxo ~


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


Frances said...

Ingrid the way in which the blue cup and pink tulips reinforce each other is mavelous. This is no fragile pink!

The little glass vessels are charming.

Happy weekend to you. xo

Janneke said...

Lovely pink and blue, it's almost tulip time.
Wish you a nice weekend!

AnnA said...

Dear Ingrid!
Lovely arrangement with my favourite colours.
As you I love vintage glass, and I have bought some lovely blue Erik Höglund vases from fleemarkets and Tradera.
Happy weekend!

lenaiwales said...

Ingrid, du har gjort det igen! Underbara bilder att njuta av. Och dina "vaser" och små prylar runt. Härligt!
Ha en bra helg!

Lilasesazuis Gata said...

Que encanto!!

Adoro o azul anil com rosa!!



Lígia e =^.^=

jeannettestgermain said...

Love the views of these tulips - the exact same as where I made a painting of:) Also like that you're not afraid of the bright blue (instead of a white or pale color)!

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