Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Calla Lily, Arum Lily
South Africa, where the white flowers grows wild
New varieties improve on vase life and are available in miniature. Increasingly more distinctive shapes are also available.
green, white, cream, yellow, dark purple, black, orange, mango, pink, and bi-coloured
Up to three weeks. Tape the stem tip with water proof tape to keep the fleshy stem from splitting open.
slight floral fragrance
Fantastic to curve and drape. Also great for spiral designs. One of the few exceptions, when it comes to competition design where you can place a calla lily without a water source because it will remain turgid for days.
Calla lilies need deep water to hydrate properly. Give the stems a cut and set it in water to hydrate. When designing with callas make sure you protect surfaces from the sap as it will stain. The stain will be even more visible after washing! The stems ends will curl if you design the flowers in deep water.
Love anchovies cans. And if you fold over the pull tab just so it is perfect for keeping even longer stem flowers upright.
Pull tab support for "canned" Calla lilies and bunny-tail grass.
Using those much treasured dried autumn details to bridge the gap between the bright green of summer and the brightness that is yet to come.
Getting the balance just so... so that you lean into the first sights of Autumn.
Carefully bubble out a tied bunch of grass to make a cavity to display gorgeous flowers.
Hook the calla lilies over the edge of a vase to create a support for your taller floral details.
Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.
Wire a sparkling tinsel garland to dress up a single, elegant Arum lily.
The second design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.
It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material
Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform
Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem
My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Petroleum jelly is both waterproof and not water soluble it creates a waterproof barrier to keep the water from leaking out of the vials when you hang it upside down. In fact,...
Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems
This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist 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...
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.
Open an arum lily up by rolling the funnel shaped spathe (petal) over
My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass
The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...
I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.
Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.