23 January 2017

Tiny Blooms - # 38 - Tulips in Mini Vases


I'm making a few changes to my my blog and one small change is to bring back 'Tiny Blooms'. It was right from the beginning a very popular series of blog posts, but for many reasons I decided to put it on the shelf for a while. But here we are - I'm relaunching it and I'm hoping it will be as popular as it was before.

I hope you'll enjoy it!

Tulips in mini vases

This series of blog posts - called 'Tiny Blooms' - are about small flower arrangements. Small - might be the size of the flower or the amount of stems I'm using; or it could be the size of the container. 

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!

Tulips in mini vases

I had so much fun creating this series of flower arrangements for a feature in Gatherings Magazine. It was the spring issue 2013 and I was the Contributing Floral Styling Editor.

The lovely Editor in Chief was Heather Spriggs and Gatherings Magazine was published both as an E-magazine and in print, but it's now sadly no longer being published. 

The feature was called Bulbs in Bloom and run over four pages. Half was about tulips and the other half was about daffodils.

Here is some of the text I wrote:

"Over time, philosophers and writers have often used the metaphor of spring to explain the power of remaining positive and optimistic. No other season has so much anticipation and hope for a fresh start and renewal - the world is full of potential." 

Some of you might have seen the magazine - but these images has never been published on my blog before. 

Tulips in mini vases


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back on Wednesday 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.

22 January 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 136 - by Willow Crossley



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.  

Deep pink tulips


" Seek out the crazy, frilly, striped parrot varieties. The crazier the better. The white and raspberry streaked 'Rem's Favourite' brings so much joy to a kitchen table. For a slightly more subtle moment, there's a pale green and pink striped sensation called ' Green Wave' or consider the lily-flowered 'China Pink', or "tall 'White Triumphator' with their elegant relaxed petals that open out into flat star shapes. One of the joys of tulips is their long life in a vase - up to two weeks - alongside their habit of starting cup-shaped, then gradually unfurling and finally dropping their petals one by one. They have a very graceful way of dying."

~ Willow Crossley ~  

[Willow Crossley: British, West Oxfordshire based florist and author of two books.]
[Quote from: Flourish by Willow Crossley, 2016.]
[Flowers: Rich deep pink tulips.]
[Containers: Small, some vintage, red and deep pink vases and containers .]
[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.

20 January 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 97 - Bunches of Tulips



It was Tulip Day a few days ago in Sweden and its National Tulip Day on Saturday in Holland. That marks the official start of the tulip season.

I love tulips and I look for tulips wherever I go and buy lots of them when they are in season. Buying, arranging, styling and photographing tulips gives me endless pleasure. 

There are so many different type of tulips and I love them all!

Enjoy!!








Have a Creative Floral Day!

~ xoxo ~

Ingrid


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


[Photography, styling and 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.

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.]

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.

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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.