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. 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.

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/

19 May 2017

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 113 - Pink Peonies


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."



The peony is probably one of the most loved flowers and that is often based on that when you ask people what their favourite flower is - the answer is often - "Peony".


Peony season is here and it will last well into early summer. 

Blowsy, big double peonies are just lovely on their own as they have so much instant impact. Leave as much of the foliage as possible - it has a lovely lush, dark green colour but is often overlooked. 


You can also mix them with Alchemilla mollis or why not try them mixed with stock flowers, sweet peas or sweet williams.


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 bright pink peonies -  from my favourite street flower stall in north west London.]

[Vase/Container: A large clear glass pickling jar - bought at one of the many antique markets in London.]

[Other props: Vintage large bowl bought in Sweden at one of the many 'loppis' - the equivalent to flea market in the USA or car boot sale in the UK - 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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17 May 2017

Creative with Flowers - # 42 - Pale Purple Sweet Peas


This week on 'Creative with Flowers' - I'm featuring Sweet Peas surrounded with props in similar colours.


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!"


Sweet Peas or Lathyrus odoratus as they are also called - is a favourite summer flower. They do not have a long vase life - BUT their beauty and scent makes up for that.


The botanical name comes from the Greek lathyros for pea or pulse and odoratus for fragrant. Simply - 'fragrant pea' so a perfect name for the little flower.


I painted the small vintage shelf the other day - it used to be dark brown - really too dark to work as a prop - this lighter colour is much better. 

I love the little cup made by the Swedish potter Lotta Zerrander. I always visit her studio, workshop and gallery, out in the countryside, whenever I'm in Sweden.

The lovely cake tin is also from Sweden - bought in an antique shop in the part of south-east corner of  Sweden called Österlen. 


Sweet Peas are lovely just on their own but can also be mixed with Alchemilla mollis, Nigella or Scabiosa. Or try them with other delicate summer flowers.


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: Pale mauve Sweet Peas - 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: A vintage painted wooden shelf, a white and light purple patterned fabric, a cup by the potter Lotta Zerrander based in Sweden, a vintage cake form and three vintage cream ware jars - all from stylist's own prop collection.]

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

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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.

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.

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

15 May 2017

Floral Media - Hanami Cherry Blossom Cocktail - Spring Senses


Want to try a cherry blossom cocktail? Just follow these instructions.....



This week on 'Floral Media' - I'm featuring a brand new video from 'Funny How Flowers Do That'.

Another episode of 'Spring Senses' - this time with the Master Mixologist and Chief Booze Engineer Patrick Hobbs. He is creating a floral inspired Hanami Cherry Blossom cocktail.

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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. 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.

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.

14 May 2017

Florets - Floral Quote - # 151 - by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale


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.


"Wandering around one of David's many industrial remnant lumber piles, being careful of snakes, I found a bed of tiny densely blue forget-me-nots. I love them so - not native, invasive, and totally perfect to me, blue, blue, blue. They can get wild and leggy, they last forever, they summon so many corny, sentimental meanings, and did I say blue?" 

~ Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale ~ 


[Louesa Roebuck: American, San Francisco and Los Angeles based artist and floral designer and author of Foraged Flora (2016).]

[Sarah Lonsdale: English, California based design editor, writer, co-founder of Remodelista and author of three books.] 

[Quote from: Foraged Flora by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale.]

[Flowers: Forget-me-nots and Muscari.]

[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 ~


*****

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.

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/