Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cymbidium, Boat Orchid
Historically grown in India but are now cultivated in both the Southern and the Northern Hemisphere
You can purchase large or small varieties of Cymbidiums. The price of the stems will be determined by the size of the flower head and how many flowers are growing on the spike. If you are buying a Cymbidium plant the price will also vary according to the amount of flowering spikes on the plant. Cymbidiums are popular with growers and new varieties are added almost daily. As cut flowers they are sold according to colour rather than specie name.
Green, white, cream, yellow, red, pink, and most amazingly brown
I have had flowers that last up to five weeks. But usually two weeks to a month depending on size and conditions.
Faint floral scent
Some species are edible but mostly the flowers are cultivated as cut flowers. Very popular in bridal and competition work because they are so long lasting and surprisingly hardy. It is more than just slightly extravagant but I love to weave with the leaves. If you do want to weave with cymbidium leaves make sure only to harvest the outside two leaves not to damage the bulbs.
Take the stem out of the plastic test tube it was shipped in. Give the stem a fresh cut and hydrate in water. Make sure you support the stem to allow the water to reach the upper flowers. Temperature fluctuations will cause the buds to drop. The flower petals bruise easily so do not over handle.
Cut a wreath into sections to glue back together into a beautiful rose petal shape
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I left the grass to mature so that the tips mirror the sun bleached yellow of the orchids.
Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Craft a pretty little critter by threading dried blossoms onto a wire.
An almost nest like design with a hidden water source.
A fun Spring and Easter design with stacked eggshells.
Fold a single blade of grass or slender leaf around a small container to stand your flower in position
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids
Curl and secure a few blades of flax into a bubble to frame your flowers
Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers
Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
Wrap grass around a flat wire shape to create a delicate bridal basket design
This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
Flowery nest desmonstration
My article and a floral cell phone re-charge station design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
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My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs
Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature
Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine </strong><br><br>
A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...
This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design
I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll...
Time Saving Tips and Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
The design drips down in three tiers each celebrating life, love and connection.
Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.
The Asian Cymbidium is considered a gift of respect and friendship. The florets are also considered symbols of "virtue" and "morality" in many other cultures.
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Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...