6 January 2016

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 16 - Pink Chrysanthemums and Stock with Cream Roses

At this time of year it's not easy to know where to go to get fresh cut flowers. There might be a few winter flowering branches and some foliage in the garden if you are lucky. Buying flowers from the florists can be quite expensive and anybody selling flowers at farmers' markets are taking a break because they don't have anything to sell at this time of year. I often buy from a local street flower seller, but he is also taking a well deserved break after the very busy holiday period and even my local florist is closed for the month of January.

Well, I've decided to do an experiment! In the next few weeks I will buy most or maybe even all of my flowers from the supermarkets. I have a few around where I live - Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and Marks and Spencer - so I do have quite a good choice of stores to choose from.  

I first went to Marks and Spencer but I didn't like the look of the flowers they had. They all had a 'Best Before' date on their labels but a lot had pollen showing and bruised petals so I left without buying any and went to Tesco instead. There I bought two bunches of pink chrysanthemums and a mixed bunch of pink stock and cream roses.

As usual I conditioned the flowers as soon as I got home and left them in a cool place for a while. I wanted to show off the pink flowers against a fairly neutral background and picking up the colour of the roses I choose some cream coloured vases, a vintage bowl with pink flowers and some lace .

I also decided not to mix any of the flowers but to keep them separate in a way that showed off their individual beauty. 

I think many of us look down on buying flowers from the supermarkets of even worse the petrol stations - but choose carefully, look after them well and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how even a bunch from the supermarket can make a beautiful and long-lasting flower arrangement at a very reasonable price!   

Enjoy Your Flower Arranging and 
Have a Fabulous Floral Wednesday!

I'll see you again on Friday with another Bunch for the Weekend.


~ xoxo ~

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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Frances said...

Ingrid, I'm about to bundle up in lots of layers to venture out into our sudden below-freezing weather. Perhaps my local market (not the farmers market) will have brought all its usual flowers indoors for the day. Thank you for this inspiration! xo

Madelief said...

A Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year Ingrid! Another lovely floral post to brighten up a grey day in Rotterdam.

Madelief x

Anonymous said...

What a great Idea! Looking forward to your coming posts with those flowers.

Marie i Skrifvarstugan said...

Verkligen mina favoritfärger på blommor. Så vackert !
God fortsättning på det nya året !

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