15 September 2017

Floral Media - Make Your Own Autumn Flower Arrangement from Martha Stewart

                                                                                     
It's the beginning of much cooler weather in London and autumn flowers are starting to appear in the supermarkets, florists and flower stalls.

So today I'm featuring a short YouTube video from Martha Stewart on how to make an autumn flower arrangement.
                                                                                    

Todd Carr, the senior gardening editor, is using spider and pom-pom Chrysanthemums - in beautiful autumn yellow and orange colours. Mixed in as a filler is also some Golden Rod.

Ingrid xx

31 May 2017

Flowers of the Month - May 2017


Today is the last day of May and it's time for another round-up of what I have been up to this last month. 

In 'Flowers of the Month' I feature all the different flowers and floral arrangements that I styled, photographed and posted exclusively on my blog 'Of Spring and Summer'.


I post about four times a week so by the end of the month I have quite a few images to look back on.

The title of the post under the image - is also a link to the post - if you would like to see it again or you missed it.


At the end of the post is a little message to all of you! 



























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


Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer'.

I also wanted to tell you that I'm now taking a few months off from posting on my blog. It is a little bit longer than usual but a lot of big changes are taking place right now that takes up a lot of my time. All good - just time consuming! 

Have a wonderful summer holiday and I will see you back here in the autumn. 

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.

P. S. If you are looking for more floral inspiration you can go over and have a look at my Pinterest boards. I have around 12 400 followers and 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.

30 May 2017

Floral Media - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Sneak Peek


Here is another short video from Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - this one is a sneak peek about what happens on that first day when the press and the Royals are attending the flower show.



The gardens are finished, the designers have been given their awards, the flowers are looking their best, the Queen and the rest of the Royal family visit the show and all the celebrities are invited. Everybody is ready for the cameras and BBC are filming the gardens for everybody watching at home.
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Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Tuesday!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - tomorrow is the last day of May and I will be back with 'Flowers of the Month' - showing all the arrangements of the month.

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 around 12 400 followers and just over 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.


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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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 around 12 400 followers and just over 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.

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. 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/

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. 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.



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. 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/