Go Wild – Friday Flowers

There is only one tree in my garden, a Crab Apple that has the most beautiful blossoms in late spring. So in summer I miss my blooming tree and that inspired me to make a plan. I made very simple hanging vases from jam jars. I fill them with flowers currently blooming in my garden or from meadow flowers, or weeds as others might call them. These pretty wild flowers I picked on my regular dog walk, yellow dandelions, blue borage, small purple thistles, tiny yellow daisy-like flowers and more, make for a colourful tree.

Meadow flowers in jam jars hanging from Crab Apple tree

Meadow flowers in jam jars hanging from Crab Apple tree

 

Meadow flowers and jam jars

Meadow flowers and jam jars

Use thin florist wire and wrap it around the jam jar, securing it just below the ridges of the jar. Then take a second piece of wire and make a handle to hang the jar from. Hide the wire around the jam jar with a pretty ribbon.

Meadow flowers and jam jars

Meadow flowers and jam jars

 

Meadow flowers in jam jars hanging from Crab Apple tree

Meadow flowers in jam jars hanging from Crab Apple tree

 

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Green Vintage Glass – Friday Flowers

So I have to come clean, it’s always best to be honest and confess. I have a mild obsession with glassware, and as my friends will tell you, also the colour green. And although I absolutely love all colours, each holding something special for me, my absolute favourite has to be green. All shades of green, lime, moss, mint, sage, emerald, bottle-green, chartreuse – I adore them all.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

So it was inevitable that I end up with a selection of vintage green stemmed glasses. Very few of them matching or in pairs, but to me that only adds to their charm.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Picking the last of the Spring blossoms was a joyful task, although also slightly sad, as I realised it will be another whole year before I can enjoy picking them again.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

All to soon the table centre display was finished. The selection of odd vintage glasses, filled with white blossoms and  presented on a green glass tray, looked lovely on my dining table.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

This whole look took me about 10 minutes to do, including picking flowers, cleaning and filling the glasses and then arranging them. If you want to recreate this, of course any other stemware glasses will look great too, play with different heights to add interest and keep your flower selection simple.

Styling and Photography: Theoda Solms Iles

 

 

Red Blossoms – Friday Flowers

I came across these bright red blossoms growing in my local park. I usually associate blossoms with soft pastel colours, so these ones stood out to me and made a really powerful impression. The colour is so vibrant, a red with a strong orange tinge to it. They remind me of something out of the Far East, as if they should be painted on a Japanese watercolour or embroidered on a silk Kimono.

Red Blossoms in twin vase

Red Blossoms in twin vase

The twin-vase I got as gift a few years ago. It is a white ceramic conjoined vase, ever so sweet and perfect for single stems. I don’t know what type of blossoms these are, if anybody recognises them, please let me know so I can put a name to the bloom.

Photos & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles