1 May 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 110 - by Ariella Chezar



"Peonies are generous flowers. These fluffy, long-lasting blooms blossom in a range of colors - from bright white to yellow, coral, and peach, to pink and red. Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each year and are born on new, green stems. They are especially varied, coming in single, double, and multipetaled versions that are so huge they are called "bombs". Peonies are also well-behaved blossoms, easily trimmed and, like tulips, fun to watch as their petals open and progress through a long life cycle."

~ Ariella Chezar ~

[Ariella Chezar: American, florist and teacher at the Flower School New York. She is the author of Flowers for the Table and The Flower Workshop - she also writes for many American magazines and has designed flower arrangements for the White House.]
[Quote from: The Flower Workshop (2016).]
[Flowers: Pink peonies.]
[Container: Clear bulbous glass vase.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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

I'll be back next week with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.
Ingrid 

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29 April 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 76 - Three Pink Flowers



I found three pink flowers at the flower stall this morning - deep pink tulips, very light pink hyacinths and some rununculus in varying pink colours. 


Instead of making a mixed bouquet I decided to arrange the three flowers separately - each in their own vase. I still wanted to show the flowers together and what ties them together is not only the colour pink but also the containers that I have used. They are all made out some sort of metal and all in a dark silver grey colour.


All three flowers are arranged casually in their containers - with the tulips I have kept as much of the foliage as possible - I only removed broken and bruised leaves. 


With the hyacinths I kept the small bulb bit at the bottom and that way it's easier to keep most of the leaves intact. Again I only removed any that were broken. It's nice to be able to have the green tips breaking up all the pink of the flowers.

Finally with the ranunculus I did remove all the leaves and separated the unopened buds from the open flowers. Most buds don't open once the flowers are cut - but they do offer some visual variation so I do use some of them - often the larger once and the once with the most colour.

Also remember to protect any surfaces under the containers - metal do rust and leaks can occur. 


This ends up as quite a big arrangement - so you will need a large table surface and it will also make quite some impact both in size and colour. 


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

I'll be be back on Sunday with another 'Florets' - a floral quote by a flower lover.

Ingrid 

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27 April 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 7 - Blue Muscari and Iris



Here are two blue charming early spring bulbs - Muscari or grape hyacinths as they are also called and Iris reticulata 'Harmony', a stunning little early flowering mini spring iris. 


The grape hyacinths are planted in a plastic lined basket. Once they have finished flowering you can plant them in the garden or in a more permanent container. 

I tied a ribbon in almost the same colour as the flowers around the middle of the basket to lift the dark colour. The ribbon and the matching blue tags are from Jane Means


The little iris I also tend to grow in containers - always raised off the ground - or they will otherwise be nibbled by slugs and snails.

Iris is not strictly a bulb - but the reticulata irises are what is called bulbous irises - so you can more or less treat them like a bulb. 


After many years of growing these irises I have quite a lot so I often cut a few and use them as cut flowers. Being such a tiny plant it's such a pleasure to have it close up in a little vase or container on a table next to you. 

Like I have done here - I have used some small vintage blue ink bottles - perfect for little short stems. You can fit from one to three stems in each and you can display them as single vases or grouped together on a little tray or saucer. 


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

I'll be be back on Friday with another 'A Bunch for the Weekend'.

Ingrid 

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25 April 2016

Tiny Blooms - # 29 - White Double Daffodils



This series of blog posts - called 'Tiny Blooms' - are about small flower arrangements. Small - might be the size of the container or it could be the size of the flowers or the amount of stems. It can also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's simple, quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself a lot of creative freedom!

I know I'm showing daffodils again! 

I just wanted to show you another double daffodils - this time it's a gorgeous white double daffodil or Narcissus 'Erlicheer' as it's also called. 

It's creamy white in colour and is excellent as a cut flower. It doesn't look like a traditional daffodil, with it's usual yellow trumpet, but is fully double so the flower looks ruffled. Some people say it resembles a carnation. As an added bonus it's also strongly scented.

The container I have used is a vintage blue jar. It's from France and was used by French polishers and contained their furniture-polish.

I have just put a few stems in the jar and didn't feel anything else was needed. Of course I have added a few vintage props - a blue painted basket and a blue-green giant glass bottle. As a rule I don't trust old ceramics or pottery - so I put a small dish under the jar just to be on the safe side and avoid any damage to wooden surfaces. The little tealight holder is contemporary.  


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

I'll be be back on Wednesday with more floral delight from Of Spring and Summer.



Ingrid 

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24 April 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 109 - by Malin Hidesäter



"I couldn't agree with anyone who doesn't like yellow. No other colour brings out such desire in me to go out and buy flowers. Just think of daffodils! Those long green stalks lying in boxes in the grocery store in the spring are like ugly ducklings. They might not look like much until they brilliantly transform into beautiful sun-yellow trumpets."


~ Malin Hidesäter ~

[Malin Hidesäter: Swedish florist, flower expert, stylist, TV presenter and author of two books - Flower Power and Krukväxter.]
[Quote from: Flower Power (2007) by Malin Hidesäter and Anna Skoog.]
[Flowers: Double bright yellow daffodils.]
[Container: Purple glass vase.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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

I'll be back next week with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.
Ingrid 

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22 April 2016

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Floral Sweeties



Spring is in progress and we'll see more and more colour. This weeks theme for FLOWERS is called 'Floral Sweeties'. Both Titti and I love flowers and we both love colour.


This bunch of very bright tulips is like a mixed bag of colourful sweets.  In it are red, yellow, orange and purple flowers of about 5-7 of each colour.


I used an old favourite vase from Sweden in a very neutral colour. I removed any broken or bruised leaves - but left one or two leaves on each flower as I wanted it to look full and generous.


Always cut the ends as soon as you get the flowers home and put them straight in water. They are going to need a good drink after having been out of water for a while.


I made a collage of lots of colourful fabric swatches with dots and chevron patterns. My daughter found them and gave them to me a while ago. She thought I would like them and be able to use them as props and this was the perfect opportunity. The fabrics are all in bright colours just like the flowers.

I stuck the fabrics on the background with washi tape. That Japanese paper tape that was so popular a few years ago. Using this kind of tape means I can easily take the collage apart and use the fabrics again.

Working on this post made me realize how much I love colour and that they make me happy. All kinds of colours - strong, bright colours as well as more muted pastels.

I think I will remember this post as 'My Happy Post'!  


I know spring has arrived in the south of Sweden too - were Titti lives - I can't wait to see what she's going to show us this time. Here is the link to her blog. 


Have a lovely floral day!

We'll be back next month with a new theme and another 'FLOWERS'. Before that I'll see you soon.

20 April 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 6 - White Roses in Vintage Bottles



This week on 'Creative with Flowers' we are taking a look at some white roses very simply placed in a row of vintage bottles.


Roses, yes, roses - we all love roses - but growing your own roses can be a challenge. The UK has a damp climate that often produce mildew on the leaves. If it rains early in the summer even the flowers has mildew. Some years I struggle and other years my roses are a delightful and goes on flowering happily for months.   


To buy roses from the supermarket, flower stall or florist can also be challenging. Roses from the florist are expensive and the longer the stem the more expensive they are. From the flower stalls - the selection can be quite limited. Buying roses from the supermarket - the delicate petals are often bruised or creased. So a bit tricky all around!

These white roses are from the supermarket - and what I do is that I remove most of the leaves and any thorns, I trim the stems and give them a good drink. What I also do is that I remove any bruised outer petals by gently but firmly pulling them off from the bottom of the flower head. You are left with a little bit of a smaller head but once the rose has opened up all the way - you can't really see any difference. 


Here I have put five roses in five vintage bottles - all clear glass but different in size and look. I have varied the height of the flowers - but I have kept the height in proportion to the bottle. On two of the roses I have left a few leaves to give some visual variation and the rest have bare stems. 

Enjoying a few roses now and then is a great pleasure. Five roses are not going to break the bank and displayed like this in individual containers makes a great impact.


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

Titti and I will be be back on Friday with another very colourful FLOWERS - I for one can't wait to show you!

Ingrid 

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