25 April 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 3 - Primulas

The bunch for this weekend are some dark blue Primulas planted in a vintage terracotta pot.

Have a Lovely Floral Friday and a Happy and Creative Weekend!

See you back here on Sunday with another Floral Quote from a flower lover.

xoxo Ingrid

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

23 April 2014

Floral Favourites - # 5 - Stock Flowers

Latin or Botanical Name of Flower:
Matthiola incana

Common Name:

Origin and Meaning of Name:
The plant originates in the coastal areas around the Mediterranean as well as the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt.

The flower is named in honour of Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577), an Italian physician, botanist and author. 

Stock has racemes of double flowers and grey-green slightly hairy leaves. The flowers come in mauve, purple, violet, pink and white. They have a sweet and spicy fragrance similar to cloves.

In the language of flowers stock represent lasting beauty and symbolize a happy life.

Stock is available from spring to autumn - but if imported you can probably find some all year around.

You can find them at florists and supermarkets; and at farmers' markets throughout the growing season.

Purchase when the top flowers on the spike are in bud and the lowest flowers have opened.

Conditioning and Care:
Remove any leaves that will sit below the water line in the vase. It's sometimes recommended to remove all leaves as they take the water needed for the flower heads and the flowers will probably also last longer. 

Cut the stems at an angle, put in a clean container of water and keep cool until you have time to do the final arrangement.

It's also recommended to change the water in the vase every day - because stock is susceptible to mildew.

How to Use:
Stock is such a beautiful flower that I prefer to use it on its own. If you strip off all the leaves you have a solid block of the most beautiful colour. 

You can cut the stems short and have a low and wide arrangement or leave the stems as long as possible for a taller upright arrangement.

Imagine an armful of white stocks in an old galvanized metal milk churn, is simple yet stunning in its timeless design.

You can't go wrong with Stock flowers weather you use them on their own or mix them with other flowers. 

[Styling and [photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]
]Ribbons by Jane Means.]

Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

See you soon!

xoxo Ingrid

20 April 2014

Florets - Floral Quote - # 60 - by Vic Brotherson

"Buying Fresh Flowers. Buy from a busy, bustly (sic) shop that have a high flower turnover (it's the old adage, never go into an empty restaurant). Alternatively, special order your flowers to ensure you get exactly what you want and when. Supermarkets carry a basic range of flowers and some do good seasonal specials, so for things like daffodils you can't go wrong. When trying to get the longest life from cut flowers, ask your florist the following questions: 'when did these come in?' and 'how long will they last?' There are obviously no guarantees but most flowers will last between five and seven days."

~ Vic Brotherson ~

[Vic Brotherson: Florist and founder of the London flower shop Scarlet and Violet, author of two books Vintage Flowers and Vintage Wedding Flowers.]
[Quote from: Vintage Flowers by Vic Brotherson.]
[Flowers: Pink and white tulips.]
[Vase: Swedish vintage Upsala-Ekeby vase from 1930's.]
[Other props: Painted wooden boards.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

Have a Very Happy Floral Easter Sunday!

Back here next week!

xoxo Ingrid

18 April 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 2 - Hyacinths, Stock and Tulips

I started this mini series last week, that I call 'A Bunch for the Weekend', as a way of wishing everybody a happy weekend. It will just be one image - showing a simple way of presenting some cut flowers or a potted plant.

So I'm wishing you a happy and creative Easter weekend with these lovely hyacinths, stock and tulips.

Have a Lovely Floral Friday and Happy Easter!

See you back here on Sunday with another Floral Quote from a flower lover.

xoxo Ingrid

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

16 April 2014

FLOWERS by ingrid & titti - For the Easter Table

Here is another instalment of FLOWERS by titti and I and this time it's about decorating your the Easter table.

We probably all associate Easter with different things - it might be Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs or yellow daffodils and painted eggs.

I wanted to do a Easter table with some colourful tulips and a mixture of vintage and some black & white more contemporary items.    

I found some dramatic pink tulips with darker stripes down the petals. The two containers I've used as vases are vintage clear glass milk bottles with writing on the sides. Around the neck of the bottles I wound some black garden twine around one of them and some black & white bakers' twine around the other.

In the back are some pussy willow branches in an old white apothecary jar. Instead of tying the feathers to the branches I decided to just simply place the feathers in a jar next to the branches.

It's quite nice to be able to use cloth napkins and here I have used some vintage damask linen napkins. I have just rolled them and tied a mixture of raffia, bakers' twine and garden twine around the middle. I also stuck a white feather with some short twigs of pussy willow and rosemary under the twine.

I put all the napkins together in a black Zulu basket from South Africa that is made from telephone wires. Usually they are much more colourful than this one that is mainly black.  

I inherited the two chickens from my grandmother and I thought they fitted perfectly into my colour scheme with their black and white feathers.

A few little quail eggs stacked in three white vintage eggcups - these eggs are empty but you could hard-boiled some and use them as decoration until you are ready to eat the delicious eggs.

As a tablecloth I have used a very contemporary black and white fabric with a great graphic design. It's Swedish and I bought it back in the 1980's - I loved the simplicity of the graphic black and white pattern of swirls and parallel hand drawn lines. 

You also have to go over and have a look at what kind of Easter table Titti has created over on her blog HWIT BLOGG.

Here is a link to all the previous FLOWERS by Titti and I. 

Have a Wonderful and Floral Easter Holiday!

See you later in the week!

xoxo Ingrid

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for FLOWERS/Of Spring and Summer.]