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.]

14 April 2014

Floral Styling - A Simple Flower Arrangement - # 8 - Stock Flowers

You know that spring has arrived when the farmers' market flower stall starts selling Stock flowers or Matthiola - which is the Latin name for them.

I love Stock flowers and I definitely could not resist these pink bunches when I saw them at the market.

You'll need:
12 stems of Stock flowers
Medium size vase - about 20-25 cm high
A pair of flower scissors

I wanted to make an arrangement with just stock flowers. Stock has a lot of texture and the petals makes an interesting contrast against the green buds and leaves.
I didn't want to mix them with any other flowers or foliage - as I think they are so beautiful just on their own.

The vase I choose is a white porcelain vase from Rosenthal's Studio-Line called 'Vase of Phases' that I have only had for a short while. I could not believe my luck when I found it in a local charity store. It has an interesting 'broken' texture on the surface - like a giant broken eggshell. 

This vase was perfect for the Stock flowers - the right size, in a neutral colour and it's slightly flared at the top so it holds the flowers together just right.

Get any colour you like or a mixture of harmonizing or contrasting colours. I bought all the same colour - but mix and match with whatever you find pleasing.

Remember to condition your flowers - if you need some advice on how to do it -  here is a link to my Top Ten Flower Arranging Tips - in the post I'll tell you exactly what to do.

I hope you will have a creative week filled with flowers!

See you on Wednesday with another FLOWERS from Titti and I.

xoxo Ingrid

13 April 2014

Florets - Floral Quote - # 59 - by Malin Hidesäter

" A Simple Bouquet. It is not always size that counts; small can be just as pretty. And for a small bouquet, there is no need to buy roses with long stems or flowers with the biggest blooms. Long-stemmed roses are often more expensive and large heads can overpower a bouquet. Instead, mix many different varieties or choose flowers whose colours harmonise. A gift of flowers is always appropriate and says so much more than words. Even children love flowers, but how often do we give them a bouquet?" 

~ Malin Hidesäter ~

[Malin Hidesäter: Swedish florist, flower expert, TV presenter and author of Flower Power.]
[Quote from: Flower Power Malin Hidesäter and Anna Skoog.]
[Flowers: Purple and white pansies.]
[Vase: Victorian scent bottle.]
[Other props: Purple twine and white fabric.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]

Have a Wonderful Floral Sunday!

See you again next week.

xoxo Ingrid