2 November 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 23 - Red Dahlias

It's hard to believe that it's the first of November and one of my favourite flowers are still flowering and available to buy at farmers' markets in London. 

This week we are taking a look at some gorgeous red ball Dahlias.  

This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As always my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!

Ball-Dahlias are described as - "fully double, ball-shaped, or slightly flattened at the top". The little florets are spirally arranged and the tips are rounded or blunt. 

I have made a very easy arrangement - straight in the vase or as in this case a large vintage pickling glass jar.

Remove any leaves that would sit below the water line in the container. I have kept any above that on the stems as well as all the unopened buds - just to add some interesting green texture.

As always I add a few props - that either match in colour or have an interesting contrast of colour.

This time I have also used a vintage basket - bought in Sweden at a 'loppis'. The Swedish version of flea-market or car boot sales.

I filled it with old garden tools - some were my father's and I also have a few that belonged to my grandmother.

In the background hangs a kilim rug in beautiful faded colours. 

It's November and the evenings are getting longer. I light lots of candles every evening at dinner. It adds some light and a welcoming warming glow.

I love these little beaded tea-light holders that I found in a charity store. The small coloured glass beads adds a bit bling and sparkle to any dark evening.  

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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer'. I will be back later in the week. Hope to see you then. 

~ xoxo ~

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

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Frances said...

Dear Ingrid, those deep red dahlias are marvelous. The tightly furled petals are just wonderful to see, as are the items you've added to the photograph's composition. I am a kilim fan, and the colors in that carpet are so pretty. Thank you for including a photograph that shows the details of its design. xo

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