16 May 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 52 - Pink Spray Carnations

Blue Ribbons

This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some bright pink spray carnations in two different pink colours.

I bought them at the big supermarket chain Tesco. I wanted to show what you can do with the type of flowers that you find at the supermarket.

Pink Spray Carnations

You'll need:

- 20 stems of spray carnations in two different bright pink
- a medium sized jug in a contrasting colour - here I have used a light blue jug as a colour contrast to the pink
- a blue ribbon to tie around the handle of the jug
- a vintage basket full of ribbons, a blue vintage glass bottle, three blue bud vases, a blue vintage tobacco tin, a small stepping stool, a pink and white piece of fabric and a pink honeycomb pompom.  

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

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.

The bunches of flowers you see at the supermarket or petrol station often don't look very inspiring. But for very little money and not a lot of time you can make even the most mundane bunch look a whole lot better.

I bought two bunches of mixed spray carnation - in two different pink colours. As usual I conditioned them, cut them down in size and put them in a blue jug. By surrounding the jug with some pretty objects in both matching and contrasting colours you can make the flowers look that extra special.   

A basket full of beautiful ribbons and I have chosen ribbons in different blue colours from Jane Means collection of ribbons. It has always been such a pleasure to work with Jane and to be able to use her fabulous ribbons.

I have also tied a bow on the jug using one of Jane's blue ribbons. By tying a simple bow on the handle as a decoration -  you can make the arrangement look that little bit more special. 

Vintage blue glass bottle and pink honeycomb pompom

A vintage blue glass apothecary bottle and a pink honeycomb pompom - combining old and new - both with interesting textures.

Supermarket flowers are not always a bad thing. Sometimes they are Fairtrade or even grown in your country, they are also almost always very cheep and has a 'best before date' - so you know they are fairly fresh.

Choose wisely, condition them well and with a little bit of imagination you'll end up with a beautiful flower arrangement.

Pink Spray Carnations

Have a Great Floral Saturday and a Happy Weekend!

I will see you next week with more DIY flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'.

~ xoxo ~


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

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HWIT BLOGG said...

Underbara färger tillsammans Ingrid...väldigt härliga bilder!
Varm kram,

Betty said...

The pale blue works well. Carnations are such good value because they last so long. Have a lovely weekend.

Gerry said...

I have the feeling that carnations get back.
There has also been a time that carnations but were corny.
You have made a wonderful creation. With the color blue of vase they are really beautiful!

With love, Gerry

Frances said...

Ingrid, you've created something quite wonderful with your Tesco carnations. Thank you for reminding us to use our imagination! xo

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