7 October 2015

The Monthly List - October 2015

I'm starting a new monthly series of blog posts called 'The Monthly List'. It's Johanna Bradford of Tant Johanna over in Sweden who started what she calls 'Månadens Lista'. Her and the others taking part create inspirational monthly lists and I'll be doing my version over here in London. Here is my list for October and it will probably include more than a few flowers.......!

I think Hydrangea flowers in all their different colours will always be an inspiration for anybody who loves flowers. Leave the stems long and put in tall vases or cut the stems short and group a few small vases together on a tray. 

Here is a link to my Pinterest board with Hydrangeas.

What could be easier than using jars as vases and have a few on hand for arranging your flowers. Any size from large pickling jars to mini jam jars. To re-cycle, re-use and up-cycling is good for the environment and easy on the pocket. 
Fifteen interior bloggers are included in Whonideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben and it's a book full of decorating ideas. The bloggers are picked by three judges who also have curated the book. It's so far only published in German - but it's full of inspiring images and for those of us passionate about flowers it has a whole long chapter on flowers and foliage.

Linda Lomelino is a Swedish cake-maker, photographer, stylist, author of three books, blogger, Instagrammer and she plays in a band! Her photographs are stunningly beautiful and inspiring and she often incorporates flowers in her cake images.
Here is a link to Linda's Instagram account - as well as a link to her website  - so you can have a look.

This vintage coffee cup has been passed down through the generations and it's like looking into the past. It's feminine, elegant, pretty and fragile - but today you would rarely if ever use it - mostly for fear of breaking it. It shows some signs of wear so you know it's been used - but it is still here so people have been careful and looked after it. It now sits in a glazed cupboard - so you can still see it and it's only taken out to be admired and photographed.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust:
A lovely quote that is about the importance of spending time with those that makes us happy and I love how it refers to flowers and gardens.


Blueberries, blackberries and red currents - all berries available in the supermarkets and vegetable stores here in London and a lot of them are still being grown in the UK.

Blueberries are delicious to eat at breakfast with muesli or as a fruit salad with yoghurt. Include them in yummy muffins, cakes or blueberry pies. Why not add them to ice-cream or make jam or jelly.

Blackberries should be eaten as soon as possible as they are quite delicate. Make apple and blackberry crumble or include them in mousses, fools or pies.

Red currents are an excellent source of vitamin C. Include red currents in summer puddings or make coulis. One traditional way to use them is to make jelly and serve with lamb or venison. 
 Have a Lovely Floral Day!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[Image no. 4 © Linda Lomelino.]
[Image no. 6 Unknown, found on Pinterest - but I can't find the original source.] 

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