My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Making it last

Long lasting composite flower

Not yet pumpkin and seedpod time,

Gladiolus composite flower

Not yet trees covered in fall foliage.

Unusual rosary vine flowers.

Not yet time for golden wheat and decorative grasses,

Fountain grass, rosary vine and gladiolus composite flower

Not yet time for all things spiced with cinnamon…

Making it last floral art design.

Soon, but surely not yet!

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11 September 2013 Longer lasting Gladiolus Composite Flower

Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase

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

Favourite Flowers


Gladiolus, Sword lily, Corn Lilies, gladioluses, glads, plural: gladioli

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

9 March 2016 Take your time

My article and Japanese paper flower armature design featured in the March issue of The Academy Leader- Academy of Floral Design, published by the The Floral Art Society of New...

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

19 May 2021 In the little gap

Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.