18 January 2017

Arrange Your Flowers! - Basic Tools for Flower Arranging




Before we know it spring will be here and with spring comes lots of spring flowers.

I have decided to relaunch my series of posts called 'Arrange your Flowers!' - so that we can be ready and know what to do with all those beautiful and stunning flowers. 

Some of what you read you will have come across before. There is very little new in the flower arranging world - apart from all the creativity we can all add to our flower arranging.

But I do have some exciting news to tell you about - since I last wrote on 'Arrange Your Flowers!' - I have trained in floristry and that will be very useful while writing these blog posts.

It makes me very happy to be able to pass on all the inside tips and tricks from the florist world. 

So this is all about arranging your own flowers - it will have do-it-yourself flower arranging ideas, tips and advice. All the advice 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.

Also remember to keep your containers scrupulously clean! 



2. A pair of floral snippers or floral scissors - like the black handled scissors and snippers in the second image and the bottom 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 florist's scissors are a bit more sturdy and have stronger blades than a normal pair of scissors - so are also excellent, if sharp, to cut 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 second 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


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back later in the week with more floral delights.


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

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P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

16 January 2017

Floral Media - Vintage Pink Flower Arrangement by Sarah von Pollaro



In this video Sarah from Sarah von Pollaro's Flowers shows you how to make three lovely arrangement in less than ten minutes. One big one and two small ones.



Start the new year with this beautiful, quick and easy flower arrangement. Sarah is using soft pink Esperance roses and is contrasting them with dark and moody Hypericum berries. She is also using dark green and grey green foliage as well as some white wax flowers.

The vessel is a vintage metallic container and the small vases also has a metallic sheen. 


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I hope you enjoyed this video and maybe it will give you some inspiration for trying some new flower arrangements for 2017.


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back later in the week.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.



15 January 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 135 - by Paula Pryke



Florets - Floral Quote' is a series of blog posts where I feature quotes by authors - mostly well known but you will also find some obscure ones.

All of them have written one or several books about flowers, gardening, interior styling or interior design. Many are experts in their field but what is the most important is that they are all passionate about flowers.

I love books and in my ever growing library I look for quotes that I hope will be both helpful and useful for everybody who is arranging and styling flowers.  

Snowdrops in vintage white jug


"Although the weather might be bleak, by the end of the winter season there are some real stars that start to appear through the hard soil. One of the bravest and first to bloom is the delicate snowdrop. Its fragile appearance belies an exceptional hardiness; the leaves and flowers pierce the frozen topsoil and resist frost to be one of the first flowers to be the harbinger of spring. 
Snowdrop bulbs have become highly prized in the English garden. I buy single and double varieties in their hundreds 'in the green" after they have flowered and plant them out in early spring."

~ Paula Pryke ~  

[Paula Pryke OBE: British, London based florist, founder of Paula Pryke Flower Shop and School; and author of sixteen books.]
[Quote from: Flowers Every Day by Paula Pryke, 2012.]
[Flowers: Snowdrops.]
[Container: White vintage jug.]
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back next week with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

9 January 2017

Floral Media - A Day in the Life at Floret Flower Farm



It's just the beginning of January and we can only dream of picking our own flowers in the garden. But here is a lovely little video to help us remember the colours and beauty we can look forward to.
It's filmed on Floret - an organic flower farm in Washington state in America. 



Floret Flower Farm is family owned flower farm run by Erin and Chris Benzakein.

Here is a little bit about Erin and the farm from their website:


"Erin is Floret’s founder, and is honored to be considered one of the nation’s leading “farmer-florists”—a term she has helped popularize to describe those skilled at both flower farming and floral design—and her exuberance for seasonal flowers has helped inspire a new crop of beginning farmer-florists. Known for her lush, airy, romantic designs, Erin is drawn to old fashioned blooms and is consistently pushing the limits of what can be used in arrangements which led to her winning the Martha Stewart American Made award for Floral and Event Design.
A researcher at heart, Erin conducts extensive field trials of a wide selection of flowers and foliage, including many varieties that are highly fragrant, delicate, and not commonly available in the trade. She shares her trial results along with secrets to small scale, high intensity flower production and design techniques through social media as well as during multi-day workshops that attract farmers, designers, and enthusiasts from around the globe.
Erin’s work has been featured widely in numerous books, magazines, and websites and her first book on flower growing and floral design will be published by Chronicle Books in early 2017. A believer in fairies, Erin’s other dream job is to become a midwife, and of all blooms, she loves sweet peas the most."


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I hope you have enjoyed finding out about Erin and Floret Flower Farm.
Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back later in the week.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right and an email will come right into your inbox.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.


6 January 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 96 - Cyclamen, Pittosporum and Holly


In this week's 'A Bunch for the Weekend' I'm featuring Cyclamen, Pittosporum and Holly. It's still midwinter and cut flowers can be difficult to get hold of. So I'm not exactly featuring cut flowers but a version of such..... 

I just wanted to show that flower arrangement doesn't always have to be cut flowers in bright colours. 


 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.



The cyclamens I got as a Christmas present. A huge pot that has been happily flowering away; opening up several flowers every day. So I decided to cut a few and put them in water - where they are still flowering.



The second plant is an unusual Pittosporum called Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' - a small shrub with foliage flushed with bronze. The foliage changes colour as it matures. 

I planted it not that long ago in our front garden and I had no intention of pruning it yet. Well, we had a parcel delivery where the guy dropped one of the parcels right on top of the shrub and broke on of the stems. So I had to tidy it up and decided to use the cut stems in an arrangement instead of putting it on the compost heap.  


The third plant is some holly foliage that I got a week before Christmas and it has been sitting outside in the cold so it still looks nice and fresh.


For the four little arrangements I have used laboratory beakers and measuring jars - all bought at on of the many antique markets in London for very little money. 


The three colorful Iittala candle holder has quickly become my favourite candle holders. The knobbly surface reflects the light in such a beautiful way. Also a Christmas present. 


Adding a few little props for colour, texture and variation - a narrow brown satin ribbon, a 2 kg weight from my grandfather's shop back in Sweden and a few type letters the same colour as the ribbon.



I have used flowers and foliage that I already had in or around the house to make up a group of arrangements showing simplicity in colour but still with visual variation and interest.
 

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. I'll see you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

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4 January 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 30 - Pale Blue Hyacinths and Pittosporum



This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring some gorgeous pale blue Hyacinths mixed with variegated Pittosporum foliage. 


This series of blog posts - called 'Creative with Flowers' - are about using flowers in new and 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!


Usually most hyacinths that you buy in garden centres and street market have quite strong bright colours.

The flowers are from my usual street flower stall and the foliage is from my own garden.  

I love how these pale blue flowers both contrasts and harmonise with the green variegated Pittosporum foliage.


Adding a few paper honeycomb pompoms adds both colour and fun to any celebration. 


Vintage jugs in different colours and sizes are perfect for informal flower arrangements. I have found many of my jugs in charity stores or antique markets for very little money and I still pick them up if I come across one in an unusual colour - just to add to my collection.

Isn't this combination of blue and green colours just stunning?



Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous floral Wednesday!

Thanks you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer'. I will be back later in the week with more floral delights. I'll see you then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right and an email will come right into your inbox.



P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.


2 January 2017

Floral Media - Many Small Arrangements - Whole Foods Market Flower Chef


On this the first 'Floral Media' of 2017 - I'm featuring Sarah von Pollaro making small arrangements using one bunch of flowers and one of foliage from Whole Foods supermarket.



Sarah makes eight arrangements using low clear glass tumbler vases. The flowers are all chrysanthemums but three very different ones. 

She lines the inside of the vase with large green leaves to hide the stems. She then proceeds to cut down each flower stem creating shorter sections just the right size for the vases. 

Starting with the green gardenia foliage and then adding a mix of the three chrysanthemum flowers. Being so different they automatically add texture, colour contrast and variety.


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I hope you enjoyed this video and maybe it will give you some inspiration for trying some new flower arrangements for your table settings.


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer - I will be back later in the week.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

P. S. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive a notification via email whenever I have a new blog post. Just fill in your email address at the top of my blog on the right and an email will come right into your inbox.


P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have just over 200 boards all relating to flowers, floral styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and shows how to arrange them. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.