25 February 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Time for Bulbs!


Iris 'George'

The theme for FLOWERS this week is called 'Time for Bulbs!' 
At the farmers' market last Wednesday I found these absolutely fabulous irises called Iris 'George'. They have a dark, rich purple colour with yellow and white blotches on the petals. 

Most irises grow from what's called a rhizome - but this early flowering iris grows from a bulb. It flowers very early in the year and it will brighten up any winter garden with its plum-purple colour.   

Isis 'George'

I wanted to keep them growing in their pots - as I will later on plant them in the garden. But I needed to hide the brown plastic pot. 

I covered the bottom of the plastic pot with a plastic bag. I then wrapped the whole pot with two layers of paper. 

I did three different versions. One had dark purple with lighter coloured purple tissue paper, one had dark purple with brown tissue paper and the third had dark purple tissue combined with plain brown wrapping paper.

I tied some purple twine around one, black twine around another and a purple ribbon around the last one.

The purple ribbon is from Jane Means collection.


Iris 'George'

I also wanted to try using the Iris as a cut flower in a vase. So here I have used a little black straight-sided vase that holds the flowers upright in a tight bunch.

Iris 'George'

I have kept the colour scheme mostly in the rich purple tones with a few additions of brown and black.

Iris 'George'


Now is the time to catch these early Irises - they don't last very long - but while they are here - make the most of it!


Iris 'George'


Titti Malmberg - my Swedish based collaborator - who I work alongside on FLOWERS - has also created a blog post over on her blog HWIT BLOGG - so please follow the link and go over and see what she has done. 

You can see all our FLOWERS posts Here. 

We also have a special board over on Pinterest with images from FLOWERS.


Have a Very Happy Floral Day!

See you later in the week.

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for FLOWERS and Of Spring and Summer.]
[Ribbons by Jane Means.]

10 comments:

Frances said...

Ingrid, these tiny iris as so lovely...but I must tell you that the pink primulas in the prior post have stolen my heart.

Yearning for spring. The sun was out today, but the temperature remained far below freezing.

Your beautiful post continue to give me reassurance that warmth will evenutally arrive. xo

Pondside said...

How pretty! Thank you for the explanation regarding these little irises. I have seen them here in mid-winter and wondered - they seem to be something like a cross between a crocus and an iris.

Jarka Panci said...

The combination of irises and gray in color. ... well, amazing, very beautiful. I wish beautiful days. Jarka

Betty said...

The coloured paper is a lovely idea, so very pretty and could be used for all kinds of small pots including herbs, a really nice way to present a gift as well, thankyou so much for sharing.Betty

Janneke said...

These are so wonderful, especially with so many together.

lenaiwales said...

När jag kom in till din blogg idag och möttes av detta färgglada, blev jag också glad! Underbart vackert!
Lila är verkligen vackert!

Gerry said...

The iris is a beautiful flower!
She means "rainbow"

Lieve groet,
Gerry

HWIT BLOGG said...

Vilken vacker vårkavalkad! Underbar färg på den söta irisen också...
Som vanligt ett inspirerande inlägg Ingrid!
Kram till dig,
Titti

Madelief said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Madelief x

Linda said...

Such a wonderful post, so many beautiful things here. Thank you so much for sharing. :)