5 August 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 81 - Pink Freesia

I'm back after the summer break with another 'A Bunch for the Weekend' and this time I'm using a bunch of Freesia in a gorgeous pink colour. 

Pink Freesia

It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient and easy for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 

Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will be a lot cheaper.

Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible.

Freesia is a delight to work with - it's scented, has few leaves to remove, has strong stems, comes in many different pretty colours, it's easy to remove spent flowers and it's long-lasting. 

Freesia often has lots of shorter stems full of little buds. These stems are usually positioned low down on the larger stems so you often need to remove them. 

Instead of putting them straight on the compost heap I sometimes gather them up and put them in a little container and arrange it next to the main vase. 

These buds hardly ever open up but they work as a linear and interesting contrast to the main arrangement.   

I have used a medium sized vintage laboratory jar for the large arrangement. I made a spiralled handtied arrangement this time as I thought the stem would look pretty through the glass jar.

Freesia flowers work very well on their own and you don't really need anything else mixed in with them. Just by themselves they have so much texturecolour and beauty.

Here is a trick for you! 
Freesia flowers open from the bottom and by removing some of the buds on the long arching raceme you can stimulate the opening of buds further down the stem.

I happen to like the long arching stems so I only remove buds on some of the flowers to encourage more buds to flower.   

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Sunday with a new 'Florets' - this time it's a floral quote from Selina Lake's latest book called Botanical Style. It was published just a few months ago and has quickly become one of my favourite books for floral inspiration for the home.


~ xoxo ~

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1 comment:

Frances said...

Ingrid, the Freesia scent is one of my favorites. And what lovely flowers they are as well, particularly the pink ones.

I've also found Freesias a pleasure to draw and to paint in watercolor.

Thank you so much for the tip about removing a few buds to encourage others to open. I will definitely remember this!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend. xo

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