My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


The bloom forms are defined by the way in which the ray and disk florets are arranged. Flower heads stand in plumes, clusters or single heads on woody stems with many branches. Slightly fuzzy, grey-ish green leaves varying from dentate to lobed shaped.

Chrysanthemum - Chrysanthemum or "mums"

Chrysanthemum Design: the Floral Hour glass was made as part of my wax series

Common name:

Chrysanthemum or "mums"


Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as in the 15th century. A medicinal tea is still brewed from the flowers.


Many variations of almost all shades.


Chrysanthemums have many classifications: irregular, regular, thistle, in curved, decorative, pompon (yes, that is how you spell it!), single, semi-double, anemone, spoon, quill, spider and brush. Grown year round in tunnels to supply flower lovers.

Vase life:

Vase Life Seven to ten days or even longer.


Spiced can even be used as a harmless insecticide


Many designers considered the flowers a bit over-done but in 2010 Stein Are Hansen (Norway) used Chrysanthemums in his winning entry for the Interflora World Cup Competition entitled "Flowers of the Orient". Today Chrysanthemums are trendy again. The chrysanthemum plants have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study


Chrysanthemums have a woody stem. Remove the foliage that will be under the water line while conditioning. The foliage helps the flowers to hydrate so do not remove all the foliage while conditioning. Cut the stem at an angle and place in warm water with dissolved flower food

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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.