14 September 2014

Florets - Floral Quote - # 76 - by Ngoc Minh Ngo




"The most profound legacy that Constance Spry left on the art of floral design is her emphasis on understanding the nature of plants and flower. A keen gardener, she had a deep appreciation of the intrinsic beauty of plants and flowers, which she sought to emphasize in her arrangements. In one of her last lectures, given in Australia in 1959, she said, "Let the flowers remind you of how they looked when growing." This is sensible advice. To show flowers to their best advantage, it makes perfect sense to appreciate their natural attributes, like the scalloped edges of a geranium leaf or the wavy bend of a poppy stem."

~ Ngoc Minh Ngo ~

[Ngoc Minh Ngo: New York based photographer, landscape designer and author of Bringing Nature Home.]
[Quote from: Bringing Nature Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo.]
[Flowers: Seven stems of double white Tanacetum - feverfew.]
[Vase: Vintage milk bottle.]
[Other props: Four zinc saucers, three little round stones and ribbons from Jane Means' ribbon collection.
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]


Have a Lovely Floral Sunday!

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


12 September 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 21 - Zinnia




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Zinnias.

I'm in love with these Zinnias - they are just such a riot of colours and who can be in a bad mood with flowers like this around.

Zinnias are a native of Mexico and some other South American countries. They come in a wide range of colours, including white, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac. They are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. A lot of gardeners find them a bit tricky to grow due to a tendency to develop mould, they also hate having their roots disturbed and it's important not to sow too early - as they like it warm. 

You'll need :

- about 25 stems of Zinnias
- a medium sized container with a large opening - I have used an old vintage zinc milk pail




As always - condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase - cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with tepid water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.

In the final arrangement cut the stems so that the outer flowers rest on the edge of the container - then cut the rest a bit longer to create a nice dome-shaped arrangement. I removed almost all of the leaves as I wanted just a mass of colour with no foliage showing.



I also chose a neutral container for a vase - in this case a vintage zinc milk pail from my grandmothers house in Sweden. 



There are a few different types of Zinnias - but this particular one has quilled or rolled petals and they reminded me a bit of paper flowers.  



So just for fun I added a few craft things - some colourful rolled up card, some pink tissue paper, a bead necklace, some greeting cards and a few ribbons. 

The ribbons are all from Jane Means' ribbon collection. I'm one of Jane Means Ribbon Bloggers - and we feature her ribbons in some of our blog posts.  



Have a Wonderful Floral Friday!

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid

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


10 September 2014

Floral Styling - A Simple Flower Arrangement - # 9 - Alstroemeria, Snapdragons and Scabiosa




Being able to find several flowers that has almost the same colour is sometimes not easy. I felt so lucky to find three different flowers of similar colour and loved being able to combine these dark pink flowers in an arrangement. 



You'll need:  

- 9 stems of Alstroemeria
- 12 stems of Scabiosa
- 3 stems of Antirrhinum also called Snapdragons
- light-coloured or neutral vase with a fairly wide opening
- dark-coloured plate or tray
- some black buttons and a black frame

As always - condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase - cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with tepid water and leave in a cool place over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.

Start by trimming the Alstroemeria so that the flowers sits about 5-6 cm above the rim of the vase. Do the same to the rest of the stems - some of the flowers will naturally hang over the edge of the vase. 

Trim the Scabiosa to similar length and dot the flowers in amongst the Alstroemeria. 

Trim the snapdragons so that they sit above the rest of the other flowers - to suggest some movement and textural interest. 



I then positioned the vase on a black metal plate - a bit off-centre and added some vintage black buttons next to the arrangement.
   


All the buttons are from my mother's and grandmother's "button collections" - I think it was a way of thinking. "Never throw away a button - they might come in useful." When sorting out my grandparents old house in Sweden - I found several cake tins full of buttons. I kept a small amount - I especially like this collection of large black buttons from the 1930's, 40's and 50's in wood and early plastic materials. 




The black empty frame in the background picks up the black theme and nicely 'frames' this dark and dramatic late summer arrangement.

The flowers are grown by Cel Robertson at Forever Green Flower Company and I bought them at my local farmers market where they have a stall every Saturday morning.




Have a Lovely and Creative Day with Flowers!

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid


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


7 September 2014

Florets - Floral Quote - # 75 - by Paula Pryke




" One of the reasons I adore autumn is it gives me an excuse to use more colour, and particularly to enjoy the more vibrant colours in the spectrum. The fading light levels make us naturally drawn to the warmer, richer colours of nature and as our mood turns to heavier choices for food, so does our taste for colour and heavier decorations. My work throughout the year is always inspired by texture, but never more so than in this season."

~ Paula Pryke ~

[Paula Pryke OBE: British, London based florist, founder of Paula Pryke Flower Shop and School; and author of fifteen books.]
[Quote from: Flowers Every Day by Paula Pryke.]
[Flowers: Callistephus from the Aster family.]
[Vases: New purple pot from Homebase and a dark blue 'Blå Eld' toothpick holder from the 1950s.] 
[Other props: Different coloured garden twine, Swedish rag rug, vintage cake tin, flower scissors and ethnic carved black wooden figures.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]


Have a Wonderful Floral Sunday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


5 September 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 20 - Gladiolus




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some Gladiolus in an amazing light green colour. 

It's a flower that I will forever associate with the Australian comedian Berry Humphries and his alter ego Dame Edna Everage. The Gladiolus was the character Edna's favourite flower and she would bring out big bunches on stage and during the finale throw the flowers into the audience. 



Gladiolus was for many years not a flower that I would ever buy. I associated it too much with being old-fashioned and for a long time it was hard to find. I'm now glad to see that it has made a comeback. 

I found these lime green beauties at my local farmers market. I made two arrangements - one large in a vintage zinc container and a very small one in a little contemporary Danish vase.  



It's such a wonderful structural flower - tall and slender so perfect for an arrangement in a tall vase. But I also wanted to see how it would work cut down and used with a very short stem.

You'll need - for the large arrangement:
- 7 stems of Gladiolus
- a tall container with a not too wide opening

You'll need - for the small arrangement:
- 1 stem of Gladiolus - cut down so that only 3-4 flowers remain
- small vase with straight sides
- small pebbles

As always - condition the flowers by removing any unwanted leaves - cut the stems at an angle - to increase water absorption. Put in a clean container with tepid water and leave in a cool place over night or at least for a few hours before making the final arrangement.

In the large arrangement - cut the stems so that the flowers sit just a short distance above the edge of the vase - showing a little bit of stem. I then simply arranged all the stems to just lean to one side of the container. It makes it all look a little bit less formal.

For the small arrangement start by trimming the stem so you only have a few of the top flowers left on the stem. Cut it so that the bottom flower sits just above the edge of the vase. You might also need to put a few little pebbles in the bottom of the vase to support the flower stem to stand straight. 


The little black vase is Danish and is called Lyngby Vase by Hilfling Design.

Gladiolus are available to buy during the summer and autumn. To be sure the flowers are fresh the leaves should be crisp. You also sometimes are given the advise to remove the tips of the flowers to stimulate the buds further down the stem - because the top buds often never open. 



Have a Wonderful Floral Friday!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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


3 September 2014

Arrange Your Flowers! - # 1




This is a new series of blog posts called 'Arrange Your Flowers! and I'll be posting them on a regular basis.

It's all about arranging your own flowers - it will have do-it-yourself flower arranging ideas, tips and advice - and will be very easy to follow - even if you've never done any flower arranging before. 

It will be very basic and very down to earth.

So let's start from the beginning!

These are the most basic but essential tools that you need to start doing your own flower arranging:

1. A couple of different size containers - they can be plastic or metal. Nothing fancy, it's just a container to put the flowers in after you've conditioned them. Traditionally florists flower buckets were metal mostly zinc but now they tend to be plastic. 

2. A pair of floral snippers or floral scissors - like the black handled scissors and snippers in the image . Buy a pair that is comfortable to use and that will not hurt your hand - if you are using them for a long time. 

It's quite useful to have both a pair of snippers and a pair of scissors. The scissors will be useful to cut elastic bands around the flower stems and for cutting the cellophane that the flowers come wrapped in - it's easier to do that with a pair of scissors. Floral scissors or florists' scissors are a bit more sturdy and have stronger blades than a normal pair of scissors - so are excellent for cutting flower stems. 

In the end it's a personal choice and what you are the most comfortable using. 

3. You will also need a pair of secateurs or pruners for cutting thicker stems or branches - like the red handled secateurs in the image. If you don't already own a pair - get a good quality one - as they usually last a lifetime. 

I hope all my tips will be useful and easy to follow and that they will help to keep your flowers looking good and last longer.

Have a Creative Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid

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


1 September 2014

Flowers of the Month - August 2014


Here is another new series of blog posts - called 'Flowers of the Month'. I thought it would be nice to highlight all the flowers that I have used during the previous month. So at the end of every month I will do a post featuring that month's flowers.

It's quite nice to be able to see what each month and season has had on offer and if you are interested in reading some more about the flowers each flower name is a link to the post. Enjoy!   


Hydrangea


























Have a Wonderful Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~ 

Ingrid 

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