My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Designing with Lilies:

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer

Keep Lilies in bud

Dip or paint the green bud in egg white to prevent it from opening. This will also work with tulips.

To open lilies Lilies open quicker in warm and humid environments.

To open the flowers you can also roll the petals to loosen them. This only works with well developed buds that is already the colour that it will be when it is open. As a guide look at the difference in colour of the closed bud lilies above and the lily that I will roll open below.

Gently roll the lily.

Gently roll the lily between your fingers or between the palms of your hands until the petals start to pop open

Carefully peel the petals open.

Carefully peel the petals open.

Removing the pollen
Removing the pollen from lily anthers is a bit of a controversial issue. Until recently most competition rules required lily stamens to be left on the end of the filament. Some designers argue that the flowers lack “depth” if you remove the pollen or that it reduces the vase life.

I always remove the pollen. For me, the pollen splotches create a lackadaisical and untidy appearance where lilies are meant to be pure and tranquil.

How to remove pollen

The best time to tug the pollen covered heads (stamens) away from the filament is when it starts to open even before they are pollinated (puffy and yellow).

Do not cut it away as this leaves a brown mark.

Vase Life

After a week: Removing the pollen does not affect the vase life of your lilies.

The yellow orange pollen stains are permanent.
Designers who prefer leaving the pollen on the flower usually spry the stamens with fixative or hairspray to keep the ripe pollen from dropping.

To remove pollen from fabric:
Do not wipe- this only rubs the pollen deeper into the stained fabric. Shake out any loose pollen then try lifting the rest of the pollen with sticky tape.

Lily Pollen 1

Wrap the sticky tape round your fingers, sticky side out, and then pat it gently over the pollen, using a fresh piece of tape for each dab

Lily Pollen 2

Remember- pat. Don't rub.

If there is still a yellow stain place the fabric stain down on a paper towel and treat with dry-cleaning fluid.
Wash the fabric in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric

Lily Garland

Wire the Lilies

Cut the lily stems short. Press a thin wire through the flower and out the stem.


At the begin point of the wire attach a single closed bud or a cluster of flowers as a focal point.


Continue to add lilies to the required length.


Attach a few garlands to make a cluster to hang.

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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.