Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
There are about 110 species but as cut flowers we usually find: Asiatic lilies which are star-shaped, longi-florum which are trumpet shaped and Oriental which are the tall very scented star shaped flowers or hybrids of them. Longi-florum is the most popular lily to use as cut flower. These tend to be forced for particular markets such as for Easter when it will be sold as Easter Lilies. Also known as Madonna Lilies.
Range through white, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Also bi-coloured, spotted and brush strokes.
Ten to fifteen days.
I love the scent of a fully opened lily but in design work I love the graphic look of a tightly closed bud.
Strip all the foliage from the stem that will fall below the conditioning water line. Cut the stem at an angle and set the stems in warm water with dissolved lily flower food. To open the lilies faster place in a steamy room and re-cut the stems frequently. The moment the pollen anthers are visible, reach into the flower and gently pull anthers away to prevent stains.
Pick away petals from a lily to create space for delicate vines to really shine.
Knit a corona (as in that inside skirt like part of a daffodil) by weaving a Ceropegia woodii vine around the stamen filament of a lily.
Let me explain myself: it’s got a blue sparkle stinger… or you wouldn’t have noticed the little wasp.
A minimal... but then with a tiny bug detail... design that is perfect for warm summer designing.
A zero waste and sustainable floral design solution to keep your flowers exactly where you want them without using floral foam.
An all out effective way of keeping a flower stem in the exact spot you want it to be in a clear water vase design.
I love these little Boutstix corsage magnets! They are strong enough to hold flowers neatly in place.
For a natural alternative to ribbon or string... add a ripped grass bow.
Conceal a BoutStix Floral Magnet in a lily bud to design a woodland foraged inspired corsage.
Fold open a lily bud to conceal a clever little BoutStix floral magnet for an unusual corsage.
Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.
A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.
A single stem of lilies turned into a celebration just by twirling a handful of lily grass around it.
Some picture highlights from our collaborative workshop that I taught focusing on braiding and weaving techniques to create a floral carpet design.
This grid helps secure flowers in place... and add visual interest by being over rather than under the flowers.
Here it is: my take on the one design that people argue is "tricky" to design without floral foam. A low pave design. Not tricky at all! It's actually easier to do without...
Last Wednesday I had such a flowery fun evening teaching a collaborative floral carpet workshop focusing on braiding and weaving ideas from my book the effortless floral craftsman...
A cool and minimal floral design for summer.
Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.
Stack green lily stems to create an upright mechanic to keep shorter stems in place.
Roll leaves to create a stopper to keep flowers in place in a bud vase
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
A hidden water source small enough to fit into a dainty flower.
Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!
Weave a trap to keep your floral details suspended in a square container.
Stack foliage to create a rose spiral in a container.
… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition
Loosely weave grass to create a decorative grid keeping flowers in place over a square container.
A wire in the hollow cavity inside a shoot of equisetum makes it easy to manipulate into a heart
Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers
Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.
A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design...
A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns
A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!
Two are better than one
Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.
Six wall designs staged for the Durbanville Flower Club Flower Festival.
Advanced level Workshop: For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally...
A look at the Old and New of Floral art
It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.
How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...