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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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.


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.


Many variations of almost all shades.

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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Related Designs

6 November 2019 Dancing fall leaves... on a stick

Spike fall leaves and water tubes to create a minimal radiating autumn display

6 November 2019 Dance lessons from the Autumn leaves

A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.

31 October 2018 Peg and glue a floating Halloween design

A hovering Halloween design that seems to float.

31 October 2018 Spider-mum

Craft a spider from twigs and a chrysanthemum

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

17 October 2018 But wait… there's more!

Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...

23 May 2018 Tumbling sun-flakes

Craft radiating sun-flakes from dried petals.

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

18 January 2017 Chain-link string and twig armature

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

21 October 2015 Rolled up Autumn leaf wreath

Create a textured wreath with Chrysanthemums and rolled up Autumn leaves

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

22 July 2015 Fluffy

Fluff out Washi paper to create a delicate armature

18 March 2015 Meadow in a bowl

Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

8 October 2014 Pluviophile

Float grass snippets in water

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

2 April 2014 Apricity

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

17 July 2013 Once, twice, thrice

Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets

20 March 2013 The power of reinvention

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian...

5 November 2007 Snowmums

Snowmums “take the centerpiece home” event favors.

5 June 2012 Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box

Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and...

3 April 2012 Wire hairpin needle for threading flowers

Hairpin wire needle to pierce flowers.

3 April 2012 Pompon Chrysanthemum, bud and eucalyptus pom-poms

Pompon Chrysanthemums make perfect floral pom-pom beads

3 April 2012 Designing Body Blooms

Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

19 October 2011 In an Oriental Manner

I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.

11 April 2011 Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show 2009

18 March 2011 SHAPE

Chrysanthemum Hourglass

29 January 2011 Ground Breaking

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest.