Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
America especially the Southern and Western regions.
You will find both large (20-35 cm) and miniature (10cm) sunflowers. Most varieties cultivated for the cut flower market sheds less pollen than those grown for the seeds.
most popular sunflowers are the “moonlight” variety with its dark center and sunny yellow petals but you will also find brown, orange, rusty red and a striking dark red purple
Sunflowers are thirsty and if you keep them well hydrated it will last for a week. They also dry well.
If you are familiar with sunflower oil you will recognize it by the scent
Sunflowers are very dominant and definitely attract attention. It has become fashionable in contemporary design to remove the bright flower petals and work with the dark center of the flower
Give the stems a fresh cut at an angle and hydrate in warm water with dissolved flower food for a few hours before designing. To air dry the flower heads need to be supported. You can either slip it into a paper tube and stand till its dry or hang the flower upside down.
Pick away the ray floret so that the disk floret of a sunflower can be used as a flat surface to display your design on.
Use the heart of a sunflower as a platform to place your autumn floral details on.
Adding tension to a design with a grass frame and collar.
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design