Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Even though we normally associate tulips with Holland it originates from the North Himalayas. Today Holland supplies most of the world market with tulips
There are many varieties available. Most important to the cut flower industry is the bell shape traditional tulip, the parrot tulip with its ruffled petals and the lily flowering tulip with its pointed petals.
yellow, red, green, white, cream, dark purple, lilac, pink and more also bi-coloured
Five to ten days with proper care. Tulips are harvested before you can even see their colour with the flower heads tucked into the leaves. They will continue to grow, about the size of the flower head per day, in water.
The stems curve and bend gracefully. Looks fantastic if you reflex the petals. It is also possible to keep the flowers in tight bud. Arrange in water rather than floral foam.
Because the growers pull the flowers from the bulbs when harvesting you will notice a white end on all the stems. This white area is very firm and prevent the stem from loosing moisture but also from taking up moisture. Cut the stem at an angle just above the white area. Place the stems in cold water to condition. To open the flowers quicker you can condition the flowers in warmer water. Add flower food formulated for bulb flowers to the water. Tulips are geotropic, condition them in an upright position. The stems will also be straighter if you wrap the tulips in brown paper or leave it tightly wrapped while conditioning. Tulips can cause allergic reactions. Wash your hands after working with tulips.
Turn a flower vase into a bud vase by floating a smaller container inside the larger one.
An... everything is moving... design. The tulips are growing and the small vine filled vase is bopping around in the water. And if you lean them against each other just right it...
A small adjustment to the shape of the feather creates a more whimsical look.
Trap air between two vases to create a third circle... and frame for a small feather hint to a hopeful Spring
That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.
A clever almost concealed wire support to keep a single tulip flower upright in a minimal bud design.
Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.
Tulips continue to grow as they open. This means you not only have to be mindful of their proportions as they are now... but also as they will be once open.
This is a great "space-keeper" design. The tulip will continue to grow into the vase height as they open... but until then the grass platform part of the design diverts your...
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.
Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers
Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers
Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
Suspend small bud vases with Macramé-like knotted wool. This design is featured on The Fusion Flowers Magazine... Fusion Links page.
The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly
This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design
I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll...
Time Saving Tips and Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!
Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...
Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip...