18 November 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 91 - Colourful Parrot Tulips

I'm staying with tulips for one more week - so in this 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring some very colourful parrot tulips.

The vase I'm using also follows on from last week - it's the well known Savoy vase designed in 1937 by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

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 last longer and 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.

Parrot tulips are a group of spectacular and flamboyant flowered cultivar of tulips. Each one is unique with its irregular shape and attractively fringed petals. The petals can also be feathered, curled, twisted or wavy.

It's believed that their name comes from their resemblance to parrots - both the feathers and the bird's beak.

The Savoy vase has a wavy shape - but the sides are straight. This particular vase is only 12 cm tall so if you cut the stems quite short it will keep the flowers very nicely contained - almost in an upright position. 

 I have styled the flowers with a selection of items in different matching red colours.

This red beaded tea-light holder is one of the many things I have found at the charity store. It gives off a glimmering glow that is beautiful at night.

The large red beads are from a bracelet that broke. I liked the individual beads - so I kept them and I have continued to enjoy them for what they are - just simple colourful beads.

The huge variety of colour and style plus the long season make tulips one of the most versatile and inexpensive flowers around. 

So why not go out and buy a bunch this weekend!

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 another Florets - a floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 


~ xoxo ~

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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HWIT BLOGG said...

Blev så glad av din sköna bukett Ingrid! Det behövs färg nu i höstmörkret...
Tulpaner har jag inte sett här än, nu är det mest hyacinter och julrosor i butiken.
Önskar dig en härlig helg!
Kram från Titti

Frances said...

Oh Ingrid, the white Savoy vase is perfect for those brilliant tulips. The beaded tea light holder makes an ideal table top companion. I wish I could find such treats in charity shops!

Have a grand weekend. xo

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