6 January 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 96 - Cyclamen, Pittosporum and Holly

In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring Cyclamen, Pittosporum and Holly. It's still midwinter and cut flowers can be difficult to get hold of. So I'm not exactly featuring cut flowers but a version of such..... 

I just wanted to show that flower arrangement doesn't always have to be cut flowers in bright colours. 

 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, I 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.

The cyclamens I got as a Christmas present. A huge pot that has been happily flowering away; opening up several flowers every day. So I decided to cut a few and put them in water - where they are still flowering.

The second plant is an unusual Pittosporum called Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' - a small shrub with foliage flushed with bronze. The foliage changes colour as it matures. 

I planted it not that long ago in our front garden and I had no intention of pruning it yet. Well, we had a parcel delivery where the guy dropped one of the parcels right on top of the shrub and broke on of the stems. So I had to tidy it up and decided to use the cut stems in an arrangement instead of putting it on the compost heap.  

The third plant is some holly foliage that I got a week before Christmas and it has been sitting outside in the cold so it still looks nice and fresh.

For the four little arrangements I have used laboratory beakers and measuring jars - all bought at on of the many antique markets in London for very little money. 

The three colorful Iittala candle holder has quickly become my favourite candle holders. The knobbly surface reflects the light in such a beautiful way. Also a Christmas present. 

Adding a few little props for colour, texture and variation - a narrow brown satin ribbon, a 2 kg weight from my grandfather's shop back in Sweden and a few type letters the same colour as the ribbon.

I have used flowers and foliage that I already had in or around the house to make up a group of arrangements showing simplicity in colour but still with visual variation and interest.

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. I'll see you back here then.


~ xoxo ~

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

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Frances said...

Dear Ingrid, every element of this composition adds so much to the effect. Cyclamen are amongst my favorite winter blooms, particularly the white ones.
The curling lettering on the printers blocks carry the ribbon theme very well. I completely agree with you about those glass votives. I'm hoping to find a few more of such candle holders for my collection this winter...looking for the perfect few to cross my path! xo

HWIT BLOGG said...

Åhh magiska bilder Ingrid!
Kram från Titti

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