26 April 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 39 - Lilac Double Tulips



Tulips are still available to buy at flower stalls and the florist and what is really exciting is that now they are also flowering in the garden.

This week on 'Creative with Flowers' I'm featuring som very pretty lilac double tulips. 


This is a little "statement" that I add to the post - briefly explaining my thinking behind the posts:

"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!"


I bought two bunches of this beautiful lilac tulip from the flower stall. It's the kind of double tulip that is stunning both when the flowers are tightly closed as well as when they open up and become almost double the size.


This is all happening while the flower stems are growing, so you are presented with a different view of floral beauty every day.

To make the flowers last as long as possible - put them in a cool place during the night. 


The fabric used as a tablecloth picks up the colour in the flowers. It has an interesting circular pattern that is repeated in the shell necklace. The straw hat makes you wish for those long hot summer days that hopefully will soon be here...... 


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'm looking forward to seeing you here then - a new post - new flowers - bright and early first thing in the morning.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: A big bunch of lilac double tulips. All flowers from my favourite local flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: White vase with an interesting textured surface. Found at one of my local charity stores.]

[Other props: Fabric, hat and necklace are  all from stylists own prop collection.]

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

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24 April 2017

Floral Media - Dior Tokyo 2017 - The Show Video



This week on 'Floral Media' - I'm featuring a short video showing a Dior fashion show that took place in Tokyo - a couple of days ago. You might ask - what does fashion have to do with flowers? Well, watch and enjoy!


I'm always fascinated when I see example of how much designers, artists and craftspeople are inspired and influenced by nature - and most of the time it's mainly flowers.

I have previously shown you videos of fashion shows where both the stage and the clothes has a floral concept.
Here and here.  

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

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

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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23 April 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 149 - by Rachel Siegfried



'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 while arranging and styling flowers.



" A top favourite for many, the tulips celebrates spring with a real panache. I always feel spoilt by the overwhelming choice of colour and variety this flamboyant flower provides after the limited palette of the winter months. Unlike most other flowers, tulips continue to grow after they are cut, stretching and bending towards the light. This makes them an unpredictable, but fascinating addition to an arrangement."

 ~ Rachel Siegfried ~ 


[Rachel Siegfried: British, Oxfordshire based flower farmer and floral designer, founder of Green and Gorgeous and author of The Flower Book (2017).]

[Quote from: The Flower Book by Rachel Siegfried.]

[Flowers: This tulip is called Tulipa 'Spring Green' and is bought at my favourite local flower stall in North West London]

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


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

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

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~


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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 now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

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21 April 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 109 - Mauve Sweet Peas



It's time to do a little bit of planning for the weekend and to buy some flowers is ALWAYS a good idea! 
Hello, that is why I do this blog series called 'A Bunch for the Weekend'.......


Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explain my thinking behind these particular posts:

"It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and in 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, easy and most affordable 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."



I always feel that there is something very special about sweet peas. 


The ruffled shape of the petals, the almost endless range of colours and their intense sweet scent - are some of the reasons for these flowers being so popular. 


I have simply put twenty stems of of sweet peas all the same colour in a vintage French Pernod glass bottle. I found the bottle at a car boot sale in Suffolk a couple of years ago. I love the texture and the shape of the bottle.

All I had to do before putting them in the glass container was to trim the stems - so very quick and easy!  


I borrowed three sea urchin shells from my daughter. They match the colour of the flower petals perfectly. The very thin muslin adds some interesting texture to the image.


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 morning with another 'Florets - a new floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here then.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: Pale mauve sweet peas from my favourite local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: A vintage French cafe Pernod glass bottle - bought at a car boot sale in Suffolk.]

[Other props: A vintage basket, a cup made by the Swedish potter Lotta Zerrander, three sea urchin shells and some muslin fabric - all from stylist's own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography 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 now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower styling and flower arranging. There are boards on individual flowers and boards showing how to arrange flowers. Other boards show different ways of using vases and containers. Simply click on the link below and it will take you straight there.

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19 April 2017

Behind the Scene - # 2 - Styling White Stock Flowers



Buying flowers is an investment - so my aim is to use the same bunch of flowers for several different photo shoots. It doesn't always work out - flowers wilt too quickly often caused by drastic changes in the outdoor temperature. I always keep my flowers outside during the night. 



Here I have used the same white stock flowers as in the last 'Behind the Scene'.

They were already conditioned so I didn't have to remove any lower leaves or cut any of the stems - as I was just going to show the bunch lying on a table on a unbleached natural linen fabric. 


All I did was to make a hand-tied bunch and then I tied the stems with a natural twine - simple and easy. The natural twine works well with the simplicity of the white flowers.


Staying with the natural theme you could wrap the flowers in plain brown paper and they could then be given as a gift - or you could just snip the stems and put the flowers in a vase or container.

In the last image I have changed the scissors to one a bit more aesthetically pleasing - just because I wanted to!

A simple and easy theme: White flowers - natural twine - on a vintage washed French linen cloth.


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I look forward to seeing you later in the week - when I'll be back with more floral delights.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: White stock flowers - bought from my favourite street flower stall in North West London.]

[Props: Natural linen fabrics, natural twine, flower scissors as well as a pair of Japanese style flower scissors; made in China - from stylists own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography 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 now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower 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.

17 April 2017

Tiny Blooms - # 43 - Orange Tulips and Geum



This week on 'Tiny Blooms' I'm featuring mainly orange - orange double tulips, lily-flowering orange tulips and orange Geums - a little orange daisy like flower. They are all British grown!


Here is a little "statement" that I add - to briefly explaining my thinking behind these particular posts:

"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!"


Double tulips are often spectacular - and often multicoloured like this one with all it's beautiful colours from orange to green to pink and yellow. 

This one is called 'Orange Princess' - what a great name!

I have mixed them with an orange Geum called 'Queen of Orange'.  


Lily-flowering tulips are some of the most elegant - here is one called 'Ballerina' - another great name.

Just putting two or three stems in a vintage glass bottle is very effective and looks very stylish. It's also very quick and easy......!!


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I look forward to seeing later in the week - when I'll be back with more floral delights.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: Two different orange tulips and some orange Geums - from Forever Green Flower Company - my favourite local farmers' market flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: Vintage light green glass bottles - from stylist own prop collection.]

[Other props: Vintage large and small light green glass bottles - from stylists own prop collection.]

[Styling, photography 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 now have just over 12 000 followers and around 200 boards all relating to flowers, flower 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 April 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 148 - by Tricia Guild and Elspeth Thompson




'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 while arranging and styling flowers.

  

" Flowers have the power to animate a room. Unlike furniture and fabrics, that we choose and change with great deliberation, they are totally spontaneous, filling the space with the energy and unpredictability of the natural world. I particularly enjoy the way in which, in the course of a few days, straight stems and tight buds open to become wonderful, wild and wayward creatures. So often, a flower is at its most beautiful just before it dies. There is much to observe and learn from their natural rhythms and from their generous, unselfconscious beauty."


~ Tricia Guild and Elspeth Thompson ~ 

[Tricia Guild OBE: British interior designer, founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild; and author of fifteen books.]
[Elspeth Thompson (1961-2010) British author of fifteen books on gardening, interiors and crafts; and journalist for The Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian and the observer - writing on gardening and interiors.]

[Quote from: Cut Flowers by Tricia Guild and Elspeth Thompson.]

[Flowers: Stock in a few different pink and pale purple colours - from my favourite local street flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: Vintage large clear glass jar -  from stylist's own prop collection.]

[Other props: In background is a grey-painted Victorian ornate ironwork - all from stylist's own prop collection.]

[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 tomorrow - Monday morning - with another 'Tiny Blooms'. Tiny but beautiful......!

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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 now have just over 12 000 followers and around 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.