29 May 2017

Tiny Blooms - # 44 - Pale Pink Cloni Ranunculus


This week on 'Tiny Blooms' I'm featuring Cloni Ranunculus in pale, pale pink with hints of green in the centre.


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!"


I thought it would be interesting to combine some almost white Cloni Ranunculus, with their many multi layered frothy rows of paper thin petals - and a Victorian metal mini urn depicting little cherubs surrounded by an ornate pattern of leaves and branches.    


I have kept the the backgrounds and table top very simple - using multiple layers of French vintage linen fabrics under the container. The backgrounds equally plain and simple - a white sheet as a curtain and a weathered and aged stone wall.

There are ten Ranunculus stems - cut short enough to just rest on the edge of the container - leaving the central stems a bit longer to make a nice dome shaped arrangement.

Another simple, quick and easy 'Tiny Blooms' arrangement for the long holiday weekend.  


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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning - when I'll be back with another 'Floral Media' - a third video about RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: Pale pink Cloni Ranunculus - from my favourite local farmers' market flower stall in North West London.]

[Vase/Container: Vintage metal urn container with ornate pattern on the sides - from stylist own prop collection.]

[Other props: Vintage French linen fabrics - from stylists own prop collection.]

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


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28 May 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 153 - by Florence Kennedy



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.


"I don't really have strict rules when it comes to the scale and form of a vase as each flower looks different with a different vase. It's simply a case of working with what you have. Ask yourself: does that vase make the flower sing? Does it show off its best attributes?"

"Different sizes, shapes and materials can be used together to create an easy, unmanicured look. I struggle to find vases that really captivate me, but trawling flea markets and charity shops has given me a treasured collection of bottles, jars and vases of all different shapes and sizes, with different patterns and varying degrees of wear and tear. Even using the same-shaped vase in different sizes gives your arrangement a more relaxed feel."
~ Florence Kennedy ~ 

[Florence Kennedy: British, East London based florist, founder of Petalon, her 'bouquets by bicycle' flower delivery company, she teaches workshops, does weddings and events, and author of Flowers Every Day.] 

[Quote fromFlowers Every Day (2017) by Florence Kennedy.]

[Flowers: Pink roses - from the supermarket.]

[Props: Vintage dark green ink and apothecary glass bottles - 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 weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back tomorrow morning with another 'Tiny Blooms'. 

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 12 400 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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27 May 2017

Floral Media - RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Building a Flower Show


This week it's RHS Chelsea Flower Show week in London and in today's 'Floral Media' I'm featuring a short video showing you how the pavilion and some of the hard landscaping is constructed.  



Watch this short video of how a blank space is transformed into the most prestigious flower show in the world.

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

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back tomorrow with another floral quote from a flower lover.

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.



26 May 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 114 - Pale Pink Anemones


It's Friday and it's time for 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - we all look forward to the weekend and want to make it feel special. A bunch of colourful as well as beautiful flowers will bring life to a space and create a warm and welcoming feeling.


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 wherever 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."



When you buy Anemones avoid selecting flowers that have dark pollen powder on the petals. They will not last as long.

Also look at the stems and make sure they are not broken or squased and you also don't want to buy flowers where the bottom of the stems are curling back.  


Anemones are one of those rare flowers that continues to grow in the vase. Tulips are another one.

If you don't want the stems to curve and bend - one little trick is to put an elastic band at the top and bottom of the stems and leave the flowers over night. It will help to initially keep the stems straight while making the arrangement - after that they will still reach for the light!


Anemones has an attractive 'ruff' of foliage towards the top. The higher up it sits the fresher the flower.


Leave plenty of space for the flowers in the vase - in other words don't crowd them - and use a vase that supports the stems.

With their sooty-eyed centre Anemones a magnificent on their own - but mixing light and dark colours of Anemones never looks wrong! 



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

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

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

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

[Flowers: A bunch of pale pink Anemones -  from my favourite street flower stall in north west London.]

[Vase/Container: A large white vase with a patterned surface that makes it look like the side is smashed. The maker is the German company Rosenthal - bought at one of my local charity stores in north-west London for a few pounds.]

[Other props: A vintage painted, white wooden chair, a painted, white flower stand and a bunch of vintage off-white linen fabrics - 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 12 400 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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24 May 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 43 - Purple Stock Flowers


This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring purple stock flowers surrounded with props in purple and blue.


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!"


Stock flowers or as they are also called Matthiola incana has been grown as a cut flower since the 19th century. They have a strong, spicy, clove-like fragrance.


I decided to use a few little mini cups from my prop collection - all with some kind of blue pattern. Also some old and new fabrics; one with a "wiggly" pattern to match the pattern on the flower pot.


I love the densely packed florets with slightly ruffled petals. The top of the stems tend to curve and bend towards the light. 


Showing a selection of vintage and new mini cups. The one on the far right is a modern version of the classic Royal Copenhagen pattern on the middle top cup. 


Scented stock flowers are easy to condition - remove any broken leaves as well as any that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Also cut the end of the stems at an angle - particularly the thick white fibrous base of the stems.  


Flower pots like this one from Sweden were very common in the 1950 and 1960. Many were designed by well known Swedish designers.

Stock flowers are lovely on their own but also mixes well with other seasonal flowers and works in both vintage and more modern designs.


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 bright and early first thing in the morning. As usual a new colourful flower arrangement made with fresh flowers.

Ingrid 

~ xoxo ~

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

[Vase/Container: A vintage glass jar - from one of the many London antique markets. 

[Other props: Vintage and new fabrics, two vintage stepping stools, a variety of vintage and new mini cups and a Swedish designed flower pot from the 1960's - 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 12 400 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.

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22 May 2017

Floral Media - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Behind the Scenes


This week it's Chelsea Flower Show week in London and in today's 'Floral Media' I'm featuring a short video showing you some behind the scene footage.  


The Show Manager Tom Harfleet takes you on a tour of the site, including the Great Pavilion and some of the BBC Radio 2 Gardens.

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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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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.

21 May 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 152 - by John Moreland


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.

Next week its Chelsea Flower Show - so this week's quote is about this spectacular garden show.



"The show gardens at the annual Chelsea Flower Show are the spectacular high point of a world famous event that itself is one of the highlights of the horticultural year. A show garden may be a riotously colourful extravaganza of planting, or an oasis of restrained elegance - it is also a miracle of organization and sheer hard work, since, almost unbelievably, it has been created in just two weeks. The show's many thousands of visitors have seen gardens both traditional and modern, gardens that tell stories, illustrate themes, commemorate events and convey special messages."

~ John Moreland ~

[John Moreland: British, based in Cornwall, landscape architect and designer, former Director and Principal Tutor at Capel Manor, three times Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner and author of two books.] 

[Quote from: Chelsea Gold (2000) by John Moreland.]

[Flowers: White rose and Solomon's Seal.]

[Props: Vintage coffee cup, saucer and plate - with foxgloves and dark pink edges - 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 weekend!

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

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 12 400 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.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ofspringsummer/