Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!
From this point… out
Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.
Gladiolus stems can be cut into sections so that it appears natural and well groomed.
The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan
This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make
Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower
My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting