Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Chrysanthemum or "mums"
Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as in the 15th century. A medicinal tea is still brewed from the flowers.
Chrysanthemums have many classifications: irregular, regular, thistle, in curved, decorative, pompon (yes, that is how you spell it!), single, semi-double, anemone, spoon, quill, spider and brush. Grown year round in tunnels to supply flower lovers.
Many variations of almost all shades.
Vase Life Seven to ten days or even longer.
Spiced can even be used as a harmless insecticide
Many designers considered the flowers a bit over-done but in 2010 Stein Are Hansen (Norway) used Chrysanthemums in his winning entry for the Interflora World Cup Competition entitled "Flowers of the Orient". Today Chrysanthemums are trendy again. The chrysanthemum plants have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study
Chrysanthemums have a woody stem. Remove the foliage that will be under the water line while conditioning. The foliage helps the flowers to hydrate so do not remove all the foliage while conditioning. Cut the stem at an angle and place in warm water with dissolved flower food
Use the firm petals of a flower to keep your design details upright
Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box snow mittens… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...
Use a wreath to keep flower and a heavy little ghost pumpkin in place in a small vase.
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
Instead of vegetable net bags becoming trash wrap it around your container for an instant armature. It even looks a bit like a spider web- perfect for a long lasting design as we...
A simple way to keep the plastic mesh the pumpkins are sold in from becoming trash: wrap it around the container as an armature for a quick Fall design. Replace the flowers as...
Spike fall leaves and water tubes to create a minimal radiating autumn display
A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.
A hovering Halloween design that seems to float.
My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!
Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...
For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in
Create a textured wreath with Chrysanthemums and rolled up Autumn leaves
A glue-less way of manipulating leaves
Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian...
Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and...
Pompon Chrysanthemums make perfect floral pom-pom beads
Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.