My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


The leaves are short and usually linear or lanceolate. The flowers borne at the end of the stem are solitary or in umbels or panicles.

Lilium - Lily

A Rock by any other name, lily design

Common name:




Range through white, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Also bi-coloured, spotted and brush strokes.


There are about 110 species but as cut flowers we usually find: Asiatic lilies which are star-shaped, longi-florum which are trumpet shaped and Oriental which are the tall very scented star shaped flowers or hybrids of them. Longi-florum is the most popular lily to use as cut flower. These tend to be forced for particular markets such as for Easter when it will be sold as Easter Lilies. Also known as Madonna Lilies.

Vase life:

Ten to fifteen days.


Distinctively fragrant


I love the scent of a fully opened lily but in design work I love the graphic look of a tightly closed bud.


Strip all the foliage from the stem that will fall below the conditioning water line. Cut the stem at an angle and set the stems in warm water with dissolved lily flower food. To open the lilies faster place in a steamy room and re-cut the stems frequently. The moment the pollen anthers are visible, reach into the flower and gently pull anthers away to prevent stains.

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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.