My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Floating Boat Orchid

The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.

Orchid floating in a birds of paradise leaf

This is such a uncomplicated design. I filled a Strelitzia leaf with water and set the orchid into the water to float. Add a minimal foliage (cordyline or fountain grass) weave to bring out the burgundy freckled markings in the orchid petals

Cymbidium orchid with a foliage weave

I used a few river rocks for balance.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Cymbidium, Boat Orchid


Crane Flower, Bird of Paradise, Birds, Strelitzia