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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


According to the dictionary lean means:

Floral Art design Lean.

Verb: Be in or move into a sloping position:

“the twigs leaned to the left”.

The two flower buds are placed in a twig flower frog

Synonyms: incline – rest – tilt – recline

Cyclamen buds in a twig flower frog.

Noun: A deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination:

“I am leaning towards using more twigs to emphasize the beauty of the cyclamen buds and foliage”

Cyclamen buds and foliage.

Synonyms: tilt – gradient – incline – bias – tip

Neatly spiral twigs in the vase.

Adjective: Thin, specifically healthily so; having no superfluous fat. Without unnecessary embellishment:

“lean designs need to be well thought through because every tiny detail is significant”

Place short twigs in a clear glass vase.

Synonyms: spare – minimal – slim - slight

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22 May 2012 Harvesting cyclamen flowers and foliage

Cyclamen stems are so close together that it is easy to damage the plant when cutting stems.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

Favourite Flowers


Cyclamen, English sowbread

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