My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Keeping pollen tidy

Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it in place

For a detailed Tutorial on removing the stamens see the Tutorial on Lilies below

Cut into paper

Cut into a sheet of paper to create a barrier to protect the flowers.

Slip the stamen into the cut paper

The moment that the stamens are pollinated (puffy and yellow) slip the stamen into the cut paper.

Spritz the stamen with hairspray to set the pollen in place

Spritz the stamen with hairspray (or fixative used to fix pastel or charcoal sketches) to set the pollen in place

Allow the haispray to dry

Allow the hairspray to dry.

For more information on removing pollen see the Lilies Tutorial below

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2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

Favourite Flowers


Glory or Flame lilies, Fire lily, Superb lily, Climbing lily, and Creeping lily

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