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.
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.
Design Example:  Lilies
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Design Example:  Prickly Oasis
Design Example:  Crossing Boundaries
Design Example:  A Rock by any other Name...
Design Example:  Easter Parade Demonstration and Accessory Workshop
Design Example:  "A New Age" Child's Midnight Meander (Avatar)
Design Example:  Flower Festival, Methodist Church Hall, Durbanville, South Africa: Two are better than one
Design Example:  Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition
Design Example:  Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer
Design Example:  Stringing in the rain
Design Example:  Bright, brighter… brightest!
Design Example:  It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques
Design Example:  Just Meshing About
Design Example:  Grass shelter for a glass bubble vase
Design Example:  Than you have to
Design Example:  Natural, naturally
Design Example:  How do you do?
Design Example:  Never saw such a lovely day...
Design Example:  Clearly contained
Design Example:  Still
Design Example:  Snail Away
Design Example:  Gotcha!
Design Example:  One Singular Sensation
Design Example:  Come on Over
Design Example:  Flower Festival: Methodist Church Hall, Durbanville, South Africa
Design Example:  Floral Trends Design Group Opening Demonstration: 2010
Design Example:  Kitchen Garden

About me

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.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Limelight Floral Art Design ...

Crafting Corsages in three ways with BoutStix Magnet Stix ...

Getting Creative with Boutstix Magnet Stix: Succulent and Air Plant Boutonniere ...

Hana , Kubari and Kenzan . Watch them as they follow your mouse hoping you will feed them by clicking the surface of the water.
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