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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It's Tulip Time!

It's Tulip time! Since early spring the tulip plants have been slowly pushing through pillows of spongy moss and finally they are in full bloom- everywhere. Traditional Tulips. French Tulips. Parrot Tulips. Everyone is saying that they are a bit late this year (because of the cold, wet spring) but I am just so glad they made it.

Its Tulip time!

Moss, a glass raindrop and elegant swirling tulips.

Its Tulip time- top

To keep the tulip stems standing upright in the shallow container I used a Kenzan as my mechanic.

A Kenzan is a heavy pin holder most often used in Ikebana designs.
Place the Kenzan in the container. Fill the container with water. Skewer the tulip stems into the nails of the Kenzan in the position you require. Cover all the mechanics with Moss.

I also used a Kenzan in my Touchstone design

In March I showed a design ANTI-BACTERIAL in which I specifically wanted the tulips to continue growing. The twists and turns of the stems enhanced the natural lines of the design to complement the artificial glue nest the stems were nestled into.

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11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

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