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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Iris - Dutch Iris or widow iris are the best known varieties used as cut flowers


I made a Shishi Odoshi (tipping fountain) for my Desalination Floral Art Demonstration design. Blue Iris flowers hangs down (and up-side down) on my twig blind to represent the pure water.

Common name

Dutch Iris or widow iris are the best known varieties used as cut flowers


Morocco and Spain


New varieties improve on vase life and are increasingly popular as a cut flower.


Ink Blue with a bright yellow comb but also available in a pale blue, dark purple, yellow and white

Vase life

About twelve days. Often a smaller side flower develops and opens soon after the main flower fades. This side flower is always slightly paler in colour than the main flower.


None to slightly distinctive. The scent “Iris” is actually pressed from the plant roots


I love to weave with iris leaves. The flowers look great on its own in a vase. I also like to design them placed upside down.


Peel away the lower foliage. Give the stem a fresh cut and hydrate in cool water with dissolved flower food for a few hours.

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Related Designs

22 February 2023 A knot and a lean and hand full of snippets in a bud vase

Using all parts of a small bunch of iris flowers to craft a unique display.

22 February 2023 Jump out at you

Early iris flowers in a bud vase.

2 February 2022 Putting my feelers out

Adding just a little something to a bud vase design to connect them... and make it special.

29 January 2020 Weave a long lasting (without using floral foam) in a vase floral design basket

Give your woven grass a water source by designing the basket in a vase rather than placing the vase in a basket

29 January 2020 Peekaboo

A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.

20 February 2019 Stacked bowl floral display

Create a foam free stacked design by slipping flowers between stacked bowls.

20 February 2019 Inna...

Stack bowls to keep your flower stems in place.

3 February 2016 Connect the dot

Connect snippets of grass to create a shelter for your flowers

5 July 2011 Tie an Iris leaf tassel

A tassel (also called a tuft) consist of: A suspending cord, the body, a fringed or ornamental skirt

5 July 2011 Iris Tuft Tassel

Throughout their dangling history tiny to robust tassels were universally used as a finishing feature in fabric decoration and symbols of standing in religious order and nobility...

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.