Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines
Native to Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina
It is unusual to find a passion flower for sale as a cut flower. It was very popular to use passion flowers in arrangements in the Victorian times and it is again gaining star status. Hundreds of hybrids have been named and hybridizing is currently being done extensively for cut flowers, foliage, tendrils and decorative fruit.
Pink, blue or green flowers, yellow or dark purple fruit.
Sadly, short- the flowers last only from one to at most a few days. Fruit will shrivel and dry. The tendrils and foliage do a bit better and will last for seven to ten days in a vase.
Mild fruity fragrance or none or some smell really bad such as Passiflora foetida (stinking passionflower) that gets its name from the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage.
Unbeatable for long, fast growing swirling and curling tendrils. Gorgeous and unusual flowers. Lush, large leaves for wrapping and covering mechanics.
Cut the stems at an angle and condition in warm water over night
Glow and sparkle bark armature to celebrate the first signs of Autumn
My Floral Hurricane design entry for the BC Floral Art Society mini show competition
Carefully stack dried physalis berry husks to craft a long lasting pumpkin that you can refresh with fresh flowers and vines.
A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.
Let tendrils do what they naturally do to help keep your flowers in place.
That incredible moment when you realize that one good idea for your design really is enough...
Combining dried and fresh floral details for a easy breezy summer design.
A quick-to-do-but-looks-impressive way to display a beautiful cut garden vine for an effortless summer design.
Water... lots of water- that is the answer to designing flower arrangements that survive the summer heat.
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.
Another version of a design idea I showed you last month... A vine wreath armature to balance a dramatic single stem anthurium. Only this time I take it a bit further.
A wreath armature design for early Autumn... this takes the split armature Tutorial I showed you last month a little bit further.
Passion fruit flowers never lasts long. Not even growing outside on a vine. But the buds continue to open once cut making a wreath display ideal for an even changing passion fruit...
Frame a passion flower in a vine wreath for a short lived but so pretty arrangement.
Eerie! Because you use what is there already in the twigs this skeleton looks rather... realistic!
Cut a slit in the branches, at the root side to suspend it over the vases rather than in the vases.
An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...
Easy to weave design that can hold your prettiest autumn design treasures.
A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.
Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas
My demonstration looked at ways to use mud to enhance floral art.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids
So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.
When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.
I wanted my design to feature mostly growing plants- creating a natural display on the supernatural wreath.