Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Have a cool bit of water.
Keep your feet in a puddle.
Stay out of the sun.
A bit of a breeze should perk your tendrils right up.
Wear your coolest summer leaves on the hottest days.
Make sure your petals are light.
When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.
Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.