4 December 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 133 - by




"The Amaryllis is a bulbous plant that has become increasingly popular as a cut flower. New varieties and colours are being introduced each year and there seems to be no end to the inventiveness of the breeders: there are single and double amaryllis, large or small bells, striped and streaked ones and they come in red, purple, orange, pink and white. The amaryllis is such a grand flower in its own right it scarcely needs other flowers. Even so, a little foliage, like olive branches or eucalyptus, can look beautiful. When you buy amaryllis there is often a stick inside the stalk and a rubber band at the end. Leave these in place: the stick supports the stalk and the rubber band prevents it curling up. The season for amaryllis is September until the end of May but it is most common around Christmas. It lasts for up to two weeks."

~ 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: White Amaryllis.]
[Container: Tall clear glass cylinder.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back tomorrow Monday with another 'Floral Media' this time it's a short video on how to make your own Christmas wreath.  

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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2 December 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 93 - Winter Bouquet



In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring a large winter arrangements full of colour and texture. 

We have Ornamental Cabbages also called Brassica, Queen Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot also called Daucus carota, Sea Holly also called Eryngium and last but not least a small leafed Eucalyptus.


It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, I will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient and easy for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 


Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will last longer and they will be a lot cheaper.


Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible.



Here you can see a few of the props I have used around the flower arrangement. A vintage basket bought in Sweden at a loppis - the equivalent to the British car-boot-sale or the American flea-markets.

The big jar and the little cream-ware jars are from antique markets in the UK, the candle-holder I inherited from my mother and the long tapered candles was a present from our daughter. 


A close up of the fabulous Brassica, the flat flower head of the Daucus carota with its tiny white flowers, the spiky thistle like Eryngium - all surrounded by grey-green Eucalyptus foliage.


The small leafed Eucalyptus has long narrow leaves and is darker and more delicate than the more common large leafed version.

The brown jar is a Höganäs salt glazed pickling jar from Sweden. My grandmother had lot of this kind of jars in her cellar.  


I love these very tall tapered candles - graceful and elegant and I also love how the two colours my daughter picked out matches the candle holder.


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Sunday with another Florets - a floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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30 November 2016

Flowers of the Month - November 2016



It's the last day of November and its time for another round-up of what I have been up to this last month. 

In 'Flowers of the Month' I feature all the different flowers and floral arrangements that I styled, photographed and posted exclusively on my blog 'Of Spring and Summer'.

The title of the post under the image - is also a link to the post - if you would like to see it again or you missed it.












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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back later in the week with some more floral delights. Hope to see you then. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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28 November 2016

Floral Media - One Kings Lane: A Blossoming Spot of Tea


If you blink you might miss this week's 'Floral Media' - but please do have a look at this very sweet little video of a floral installation.




The installation is called 'A Blossoming Spot of Tea' and is made by their talented team at One Kings Lane and MacKenzie-Childs tabletop collection.

It all reminds me of something from 'Alice in Wonderland'.

I hope you enjoyed this very short video showing how to be creative with flowers.


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back on Wednesday with more floral delights and the last post for the month. Hope to see you then. 
Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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27 November 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 130 - by Jane Packer



"You don't need tons of flowers to dress a kitchen, and you certainly don't need showstopping arrangements. Instead, fill the kitchen with simple, unpretentious flowers that you can enjoy every day. The best thing about flowers in the kitchen is that they can be relaxed and informal; this is not a traditional spot for floral displays, so no-one has any expectations. This gives you lots of leeway to play with fruit and berries as well as flowers - think rosehips and chilli peppers, or a huge bowl of artichokes with their intriguing furry textures. You don't need to buy flowers - if you have a garden, bring in flowers, foliage or blossom-strewn boughs. Trailing lengths of ivy can be used to decorate a long table, while branches of apple blossom look striking in a tall vase."


~ Jane Packer ~


[Jane Packer: (1959-2011) British florist and founder of Jane Packer Flowers and flower school and author of thirteen books.]
[Quote from: At Home with Flowers by Jane Packer (2011).]
[Plants: Trailing ivy from my garden in London, picked in the month of November and pinecones.]
[Container: Vintage pressed glass compote bowl.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back tomorrow Monday with another 'Floral Media'. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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25 November 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 92 - Purple Limonium and Grey-Green Eucalyptus Foliage



In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring two plants that florists mostly use as fillers in their flower arrangements. 

We are talking about Eucalyptus and Purple Limonium - two very easy and reasonably priced plants.


It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient and easy for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 


Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will last longer and they will be a lot cheaper.


Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible.



Purple Limonium is also called Statice or Sea lavender. They can last for up to two weeks - not bad going. This is a small version of the larger Statice that you often see dried and that comes in many different colours. 

Eucalyptus foliage also lasts for ages. So a win, win situation when using both plants!



Both are also strong hardy plants and straightforward to condition before making the arrangement.



Florists use filler and foliage plants in addition to the bigger, more important and often more expensive flowers that make up the flower arrangement.  


Here I wanted to show that "secondary" flowers or foliage can make beautiful flower arrangements just by themself.

I made up one large mixed arrangement and two small side arrangement. All three containers that I have used are vintage apothecary jars - clear glass and white china. 


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Sunday with another Florets - a floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Styling, photography and text © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

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23 November 2016

Creative with Flowers - # 26 - Blue Hyacinths and Purple Anemones



This week on Creative with Flowers - I'm featuring a mixed bunch of Hyacinths and Anemones. An interesting and colourful combination of flowers.


This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in creative ways. It could be about how the flowers are combined - maybe in a little bit of an unusual way. It might be the choice of vase - maybe not a vase at all but a container that could be anything from jugs, bottles, jars, tins or teapots - vintage or new it doesn't matter. 

As always my arrangements will be quick and easy - and there will always be lots and lots of colour!



Sometimes on some hyacinths you can find little short offshoots - mini flowers growing in among the leaves. I always try to use as much of the flowers as possible - so in this case I made a side arrangement using the small flowers.

I put them in a silver plated jug. One of my finds from one of the many London antique markets. By now most of the silver is worn off - but I kind of like it that way - full of patina. 



I removed all the leaves on the Hyacinths and used a clear glass container as a vase. The Anemones has a ruff of leaves around the stems just below the flower. If it's in good condition it adds a lot of texture and some greenery. 


The Hyacinths has a lovely scent and lasts for approx 7- 10 days - so very much good value for money.


The Anemones on the other hand do not last for that long, maybe 5-7 days. They are also much more delicate - both petals and stems are very easy to damage while handling the flowers.

The two flowers complement each other in both colour and texture and gives a lot of visual variation. I have also added some darker props that picks up the black in the centre of the Anemones.



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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer'. I will be back on Friday with another 'A Bunch for the Weekend'. I'll see you then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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