Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Glory or Flame lilies, Fire lily, Superb lily, Climbing lily, and Creeping lily
Southern Africa and Asia
Yellow, Green, Orange, red and bi-coloured
Up to two weeks
As cut flowers they are usually sold either as "short stems" (10 15 cm long) and is great to use in bridal designs or centerpieces or sold as vines, which are branched and trailing stems great to add movement to a design
The short stemmed flowers are shipped in air filled bags to protect the fragile flowers. Remove the flowers from the plastic bags, give the stem a fresh cut and condition in flower food for lilies. If the flowers look as if they are stressed and starting to wilt float them in water overnight to perk the flowers up.
Hang a veil of Tillandsia Usneoides to create an armature
Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it...