Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry
Indigenous to South America but was cultivated in South Africa in the Western Cape during the 19th century, imparting the common name "cape gooseberry". Also found in Japan
The varieties found in Japan (Physalis alkekengi (Franhetti)) have larger pods than the green and yellow varieties found in South Africa
Green pods first appear and colour to gold, yellow or bright orange as the fruit ripens
As "stem flowers" the husks will keep in water for ten days. If the fruit is left inside the husk its shelf life is thirty to forty five days. In permanent arrangements the husks will last for up to two years. Keeps its original colour well.
The cape gooseberry fruit is edible and look fantastic on desserts. The husks can be dried into a skeleton so that only the veins remain in tack. The pods look great in whimsical designs.
Give the stem a fresh cut and set into water to hydrate. Hang the mature stems upside down to dry.
A wrap-around-vase to show off new bits of Christmas and the last bits of our autumn treasures.
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.
Take your time to weave a pointy hat from what you find in nature.
Threading leaves to craft a long garland armature for an autumn display
Attach three Physalis pods to drop down in a long lasting Fall design.
Add a bit of shadow and dimension to a flat armature by using the sketch technique of cross hatching.
A clever trick borrowed from art techniques to add dimension to a bright and colourful Autumn floral design.
Snip open a Physalis pod to create a cavity for delicate floral details.
This week we are looking at the contents pages of my book... but more specifically at the sweet little pod design on the content page of my book.
Use one leaf to keep the next in place
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Remove the pulp from the papery pod (sepal) covering the little berry of Chinese lantern plant so that only the vain framework remain
My article and lace fine wreath design featured in the Autumn issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design...
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
Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.
This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design
Cut the sepal from the fruit
This was a Flower Fantasy Competition Design staged by the Helderberg Flower Club, Western Cape Association of Flower Arrangers