16 December 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 95 - Blue Hyacinths

In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring yet another winter arrangement. This time it's bright blue Hyacinths with a little side arrangement surrounded by turquoise props.

 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.

I bought two bunches of blue Hyacinths and I wanted to use them in contrast with a colourful vase. I chose a turquoise blue oval vase that allowed the flowers to sit in the vase at an angle, to flare out and not sit straight up and it gave the whole arrangement some volume. 

As usual I kept the short mini flowers, that are often well hidden among all the leaves. I like to make little side arrangements, this time in a round clear glass vase and I love seeing the almost white coloured stems through the glass. 

I like to gather together similar coloured props and trying them out. Sometimes it works and sometimes I keep changing and try different things before I'm happy with what I see through the camera.

I often like to try different colours for the Holiday Season - here it ended up being turquoise but the only actual Christmas holiday prop are three Christmas tree baubles.

How you condition the Hyacinths depends on how you are going to use the flowers. If the neck of your vase is big enough you should keep the small bit of bulb left at the bottom of the stem. If the bottom has gone brown I tend to trim of the brown bits with a sharp knife. 

If your vase has a narrow opening then you need to cut off the bulb bit. Also remove any damaged foliage. How much of the foliage you leave on depends on how you want the finished arrangement to look. I like to see as much of the flowers as possible so I often remove all the foliage. 

Give the flowers a few days to fully open up and then you can enjoy their beauty and the wonderful scent. 

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...

Ingrid, those cooling turquoise hues provide a perfect foil for the deep blue hyacinth blooms. These pictures are very beautiful, very elegant. xo

Diana Studer said...

I am always fascinated by your endless supply of gorgeous fabric.

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