25 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 49 - Mixed Ranunculus




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring a mixed bunch of Ranunculus from the farmers' market.

You'll need:

- 18-20 stems of Ranunculus - in any colours 
-  an odd number of either vintage or re-cycled small bottles in a variety of sizes
- a tray or platter - you want a flat surface so the little bottles will stand steady 

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.


You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.



Fill the bottles with water and arrange them on a tray or platter. Make sure it's a flat surface the smaller bottles can become a bit top heavy when filled with flowers. 

Vary the amount of stems in the bottles - use open flowers, half open flowers as well as buds - both the once that are showing some colour and some green ones. It all forms an interesting variety of textures.

I have removed all the leaves as I like to see the long bendy stems - I have also kept the stems as long as possible without it looking out of proportion and without the bottles toppling over.

I think Ranunculus are one of the most charming and beautiful flowers at this time of year. Don't you agree?   




Have a Happy Floral Saturday and a Great Weekend!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]

22 April 2015

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - All on a Plate



The theme for FLOWERS this week is 'All on a Plate' and I have created four colour coordinated plates using the flowers and berries as a starting point.


On four different plates I have assembled a napkin, cutlery, beads and buttons, flowers and berries, tags or labels decorated with washi tape and some different twines.



Next to each place setting is a little vase with flowers - from the top - blue grey Eryngium or Sea holly - next down are some gorgeous pink spray Dianthus or mini carnations. 

With the purple plate I also used mini carnations but in a different colour and the last plate has red berries from a shrub in my garden called Nandina domestica.


On the side of each plate under the napkin I have tucked the same flower as in the vase.

The napkin is tied with either baker's or garden twine in matching colour.  


All the little tags are decorated with colour matching washi tape. Remember the Japanese paper tape that was so popular a couple of years ago. I still have a shoebox full of them and I often use them when wrapping presents.

Just a few strips of the tape makes all the difference - turning something plain and ordinary into a little bit more special.


Sticking to one colour gives the whole table cohesion and forms a united whole - but you could also try using contrasting colours.


Hopefully you will have found some ideas and inspiration for next time you are having a dinner party.



Titti Malmberg - my Swedish based collaborator - who I work alongside on FLOWERS - has also created a new post on her blog HWIT BLOGG - so please follow the link and go over and see how she has interpreted the theme. 



Have a Very Happy Floral Wednesday!

I'll see you later in the week with more flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


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


20 April 2015

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 2 - Muscari and Myosotis




This my second in the series 'DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration' - is all about two quite common garden flowers - Muscari - also called Grape Hyacinth and Myosotis - more well known as Forget-me-not.

They are two early spring flowers that are like made for each other. Here in the UK and especially in my London garden they flower at the same time.

BUT you have to be quick - if you blink or look away for too long they will be over and done - especially if the sun comes out.


Now to the bad news! 

  • Don't put a vase with Muscari on a light tablecloth. The flower has dark almost black pollen that stains fabric. The pollen falls from all the lower little flower buds and are too small and fiddly to remove. 
Apart from that it's a great little flower! 

  • Forget-me-nots self seeds freely and your garden will be covered quite quickly if you don't watch out - it can become a bit of a weed really. While they are flowering they look so charming it's hard to pull them out. But be brave or they will take over! If you want them in an area of your garden - shake the flowers you have pulled out from elsewhere and let the seeds fall where you want them.
Apart from that it's also a great little flower!

Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

I'll see you later in the week with more flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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


18 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 48 - Pink Tulips and Ruscus



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some bright pink tulips and some pink floral containers.


You'll need:

- 15 stems of pink tulips - or any colour you like 
- 7 stems of Ruscus foliage
- a medium sized container in a matching colour to the flowers - in this case I have used a pink vintage jug
- a few smaller vases or containers in similar colour to the larger container 

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.


You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.



Again I arranged the tulips straight in the vase. Tulips has soft stems and easily break off when you use them in a handtied bunch.

Arrange the tulips evenly throughout and cut the stem at different lengths - longer in the middle and shorter around the edges.

Put the Ruscus foliage around the edge of the arrangement and one or two stems in the middle.


I love mixing and matching containers and vases - by colour, by material, by size - old with new and mixing in one or two odd little thing that adds to the arrangement.

Here the jug is vintage but the other smaller vases are new - they are all similar in colour but of different materials - pottery, china and glass.

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and are now available to buy at flowers stalls, farmer's markets and supermarkets.

Keep the flowers cool at night, change the water and re-cut the stems every two days - and they will last longer - but most of all enjoy the colour and the beauty of your tulips!  




Have a Happy Floral Saturday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid




[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]

15 April 2015

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 1 - Tulips




Tulips continue to grow in the vase. You have a few choices:

  • Cut the stems a little bit shorter allowing for some growth in the vase.
  • Trim the stems every two days - when you change the water in the vase - to keep them the same length. 
  • Leave the tulips to grow, bend over and do their own thing - only trim the stems the absolute minimum.

Tulips are always beautiful - long or short!


Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]
[Yellow tulips from Forever Green Flower Company.]


13 April 2015

Tiny Blooms - # 13 - Double Daffodil - Narcissus 'Double Ducat'




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 in each container. It will also be that the arrangement is minimal both in presentation and that it's quick and easy to do. Apart from that there are no other strict rules - I'm allowing myself a lot of creative freedom!



This beautiful daffodil is called Narcissus 'Double Ducat' - it has massive double bright yellow flower heads and some of the petals has the smallest hint of green.

I used six stems and made a tight bouquet by holding the stems right under the flower head and creating a round domed shape with all the flowers facing outwards all the way around.

I tied some raffia around the stems and left the ends trailing down as a little textured feature.



As a colour contrast to the bright yellow flowers I choose a purple glass vase and left the stems on the daffodils long enough to just casually lean against the side of the vase.  I also added a piece of fabric with a purple zigzag pattern, two vintage purple buttons and a brightly coloured bead necklace.

A simple, quick and easy DIY spring flower arrangement.




Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

I'll see you later in the week with more flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid 


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

11 April 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 47 - Parrot Tulips, Lisianthus and Bear Grass



This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some parrot tulips with a gorgeous white Lisianthus and some long thin bear grass.


You'll need:

- 20 stems of white and green parrot tulips
- 12 stems of white Lisianhtus
- about 30 - 40 blades of bear grass
- a low wide white vase or container - I have used a white Alvar Alto vase 


For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water

Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.

Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.  

Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.


You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.



The vase I'm using has irregular sides so I decided to make the arrangement straight in the vase and not tempting to do a handtied. 

I started with the tulips placing them evenly throughout the vase - try to keep the tulip stems as long as possible - so don't cut off too much.

After the tulips I put in the Lisianthus - leaving the stems long enough to sit just above the tulips. If they come multi-stemmed cut them up into several long stems and spread them throughout the arrangement.

Last I put in the bear grass - divide them up into small bundles of three to five blades and again spread them evenly throughout and letting them stick up above the flowers to give a bit of movement.    


The white Alvar Alto Savoy vase is one I have had for a very long time and I use it all the time. The original was designed in 1937 and was exhibited at the World's Fair in Paris that same year. The vase is still being manufactured by Iittala in Finland.

I love how both flowers has this combination of fresh green and brilliant white. It's also lovely to see how the two flowers work so well together - and how the long thin blades of grass gives straight lines and creates some extra movement in the arrangement.

Green and white are the perfect colours for a spring arrangement - don't you think? 

And it looks like spring is here to stay! I'm very happy!




Have a Happy Floral Saturday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]