14 February 2016

FLOWERS by ingrid and titti - Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm celebrating Valentine's Day with three floral arrangements - a big mixed bouquet with two different tulips, ranunculus and cherry blossoms. A small arrangement with some rather special and very unusual pink tulips and a tall arrangement with just cherry blossoms on their own.

All three arrangements are just right for Valentine's Day - soft, feminine, pretty and romantic! 

The background in the photographs is a painting that I took off the wall, propped it up behind the flower arrangements and in the process I turned it sideways. I liked the contrast but also how some colours were matching - but I'm not sure the artist would be pleased with me turning her painting around!

The small arrangement with the very pretty pink and white tulips is quick and easy. The stems are cut very short and put in a small container in a contrasting colour. Cut the stems at slightly different lengths so they splay out a bit and don't end up standing straight up. 

Double tulips also called peony tulips are so stunningly beautiful - they almost take your breath away. 

One of my favorites is a pink one called Angelique others with great names are Lilac Perfection, May Wonder, Carnaval de Nice and there is a white one called Mount Tacoma.  

This spring try to find some branches with flowering blossoms. Bring them indoors - help them along by making two cuts at the bottom of the stems - one sharp diagonal and one vertical up the stem. This is to allow as much water as possible to be absorbed and help the buds to open.

If the buds are tightly closed you can help them along to open up by putting them in warm water and in a bright but not too hot place.
Cherry blossoms can be a bit tricky - the flowers are fragile and will quite easily fall apart if knocked by mistake - but once you have arranged them and they have happily started to open their flowers they are just stunning. 

Oh, the delights of spring and the wonders of nature. Enjoy your flower arranging! 

My Swedish collaborator Titti Malmberg over on HWIT BLOGG is also celebrating Valentine's Day - so go over and have a look at her interpretation.

Have a fabulously Happy Valentine's Day! - and I will see you next week with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.


~ xoxo ~ 

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

12 February 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 70 - Three Posies of Tulips

This week I'm featuring three small posies of tulips in two different colours. A bright pink and a dark purple - both fabulous colours. 

I also want to tell you about the three little glasses that I'm using as vases.

I was on my way to the dentist - not my favourite kind of appointment - but sometimes it is just something you have to do. Close by are some fabulous shops - so I always give myself plenty of time to do some window-shopping and wonder in and out of the shops. One of these shops on this particular street is Anthropologie - who sells a combination of clothes and things for the home. I saw these coloured glasses that I liked but I had to put them back on the shelf as I was running out of time and I didn't want to be late for my appointment.  

Well, after my hour and a half appointment in the dentist's chair I felt very sorry for myself. So what did I do? Well of course, I went back to Anthropologie and bought the glasses that I wanted in the first place! 

They came in a few different colours but I got a clear glass one, a green and a light purple. The pattern on the side is whats called 'Fleur de Lys' French for lily flowers.  

They are perfect as vases for little posies - the sides are tall enough to hold the flowers in place and filled with flowers they look great.

Whenever I buy flowers, style and photograph for the blog I always try to make at least two or three different arrangements - sometimes it works but I have to admit that sometimes it doesn't for all kinds of reasons - time, weather, condition of the flowers etc.

Well with this lot I have managed to do two very different arrangements and you will see the other one on Sunday in my FLOWERS blog post. So remember to visit me on Sunday - for Valentine's Day! 

Enjoy Your Flower Arranging and 
Have a Fabulous Floral Friday and a Great Weekend!

Me and Titti will see you again on Sunday with another FLOWERS to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!.


~ xoxo ~

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

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10 February 2016

Floral Media - Inspired by Spring from McQueens Flowers

More and more spring flowers as well as many flowering branches are starting to appear. Today I'm featuring an inspiring short video from the London florist McQueens Flowers.

The flowers they used are forsythia with their classic yellow flowers, twisted branches of corkscrew hazel and simple white tulips.

They have used two different kind of clear glass vases - three tall cylinders with straight sides and four slightly smaller also cylinders but with curved sides with a narrower opening at the top.

In the lower curved vases they put just a small amount of water and then one branch of yellow flowering forsythia. The branches are cut down so that they sits inside the vase  - just barely sticking up above the edge. So the whole thing is viewed through the glass.

The other arrangement in the taller cylinders is filled with the same amount of water and then they've combined one cut-down branch of hazel with white tulips. Again most of the hazel sits low in the vase just sticking up above the rim of the vase a little bit. 

There are three tulips in each vase joining the hazel. All the leaves are removed and they are cut at three different lengths giving interest and movement behind the glass.

This shows how to use classic spring flowers and branches in a very modern and contemporary way.

All the vases are grouped together making a strong spring-like statement.

This is a lovely arrangement that is quick and easy to make. Just follow the simple instructions and you'll have one for your table!!

  Have a Lovely Floral Wednesday!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.


~ xoxo ~

[Video provided by McQueens Flowers.]

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8 February 2016

Tiny Blooms - # 23 - Snowdrops

 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!

When the first snowdrops start appearing they are like little jewels. Small, white, pure and delicate - it even looks like each flower is wearing a little skirt with a green pattern along the edge.

But they are not as delicate as they look - in fact they will grow through snow and ice; and layers of leaves and debris on the ground and they can withstand temperatures down to -15C.

The botanical or Greek name for snowdrop is Galanthus. Gala means milk and anthos means flower - a reference to the milky white colour of the flowers.

Galanthus nivalis is native flower that grows all over Europe and the Middle East; Canada and USA. There are also many spices and hybrids as well as about 2000 cultivars.

I have enough growing in my garden to be able to pick little bunches and still have plenty left growing in the borders. It's always a pleasure every year to pick the first snowdrops.

Use a simple container to show off the flowers and then just enjoy their beauty!      

Have a Lovely Floral Monday!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.


~ xoxo ~

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

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7 February 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 99 - by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo

"Roses are everywhere. Standard varieties can be found at supermarkets across the country and are bred for their shelf life and size; many are imported from Central or South America. Garden roses are a little harder to come by, but the delicate layers of petals and strong fragrance set them apart from the standard varieties. Use warm water in the vase and gently blow in the center of your roses to separate petals for a more open look."

~ Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo ~ 

[Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo: Founders of Studio Choo, a San Francisco based floral design studio and authors of The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book.]
[Quote from: The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (2013).]
[Flowers: Rose.] 
[Vase: Vintage green ink bottles.]
[Styling and photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

Have a fabulous floral Sunday!

I'll see you tomorrow with another sweet little 'Tiny Blooms'.


~ xoxo ~

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5 February 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 69 - Blue Hyacinths

This week I'm featuring some gorgeous blue hyacinths with a symphony of blue "things".

I'm someone who doesn't think that hyacinths are just for Christmas! I just love them at this time of year. And it doesn't matter how - it can be a bulb planted in a pot or in a bulb vase. It can be as cut flowers - on their own or mixed with other flowers that are available now.

Two bunches of hyacinths and a jug - what could be easier? I have used a light blue vintage jug to contrast the dark blue flowers. But it could be a clear glass one or a white jug - think neutral or colour contrast.

I have cut off the small bulb-bit at the bottom of the stems and all the leaves to be able to fit them all in the jug. You might want to do that if the jug is of clear glass - it will look a bit neater that way but that is up to you to decide and figure out what look you like.

I like to mix old and new so when I gathered together a few blue 'thing' I chose a mix. The fabric, mini jam jar, embroidery thread, tealight holder and balls of tissue paper with thread wound around are all new. The butter dish and the pair of scissors are vintage.  

Go out and find some hyacinths - growing as bulbs or as a bunch of cut flowers. Whatever way they will put a smile on your face and some colour in your home!

Enjoy Your Flower Arranging and 
Have a Fabulous Floral Friday and Weekend!

I'll see you again on Sunday with a quote from a flower lover.


~ xoxo ~

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

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3 February 2016

Flowers and Ribbons - # 3 - Wrapped up Flowers

Over time you have probably noticed that I often feature beautiful ribbons. I'm part of a team of international bloggers who use ribbons from Jane Means' ribbon collection. Jane provides us with ribbons and we use them in some of our blog posts. 

I'm now doing a regular series of blog posts called 'Flowers and Ribbons' where I use Jane's ribbons in combination with flowers and foliage.

This time on Flowers and Ribbons I'm featuring four different ways of wrapping bunches of flowers. When giving flowers to someone and they don't come all nicely wrapped from a florist but from your garden or the local supermarket - it's quite nice to make them look that little bit extra special. 

I have simply used different coloured tissue paper, brown wrapping paper and clear cellophane. Then to finish it off nicely I have tied a pretty ribbon around the middle.

The end of the flower stems will be wet from the flowers sitting in water and you might not want the wrapping to get all wet and soggy - so wrap the ends in some damp kitchen towel and a small plastic bag or some cling film and use a rubber band to hold it in place. The flowers should then be alright out of water for a short while and the wrapping will be all nice and dry. 

The first bunch of flowers - are a mix of two different coloured pink tulips and they are wrapped in matching tissue paper and has a purple ribbon in a nice bow.

The second bunch are some deep blue hyacinths wrapped in two different coloured blue tissue paper and on top of the tissue paper I have added a layer of clear cellophane with white dots - around it all is a light blue ribbon.

In the next bunch I have used the same tulips as before - but this time I have wrapped them in purple tissue paper and brown wrapping paper and tied it with a dark grey ribbon.

The last example is a very small bunch of sweet little snowdrops from my garden. I have used white tissue paper and a narrow dark grey ribbon. Very simple so not the take anything away from these little precious flowers.

All the wrappings are very simple and easy to do. You might already have some tissue paper and brown wrapping paper at home that you can use, including ribbons in a matching or contrasting colour. 

That little finishing touch will make all the difference when presenting the flowers as a gift. 

Have a lovely floral day!

I'll be back next month with another 'Flowers and Ribbons. Before that I'll see you later in the week.

[Styling and Photography: © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]
[All ribbons shown are from Jane Means' Collection of Ribbons.]