My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Delphinium

The clusters of soft, almost translucent blossoms grow on tall spires of up to 1.2m high.

Delphinium - Delphinium or Larkspur (a smaller variety)

Detail of my Just Right! design done for the Floral Art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society club meeting

Common name:

Delphinium or Larkspur (a smaller variety)

Origin:

China and Eastern Europe

Colors:

White, blue and purple, pink (and orange, though it is hard to find on a reliable basis) with various shades in between. Some with white and some with dark centers.

Varieties:

Floral designers mainly use three varieties: Blue Belladonna Delphiniums, the smaller larkspur that grows as an annual from seed and Elatum varieties, which are hybrids

Vase life:

Surprisingly long lasting: almost two weeks.

Scent:

Faint floral scent

Uses:

Pick the individual blossoms and use in designs for body flowers or add the long stems to add height to a design.

Conditioning:

Some of the blossoms will drop naturally from the stems but you can minimize this by rinsing the stems and add fresh water with flower food. This will also help keep the petal colours from fading. Turn the stem upside down to make sure the entire hollow stem is filled with water and to reduce the chances of an airlock forming. Fill the hollow stem with room temperature water. Gently tap the stem to release any bubbles. Either plug the stem with cotton wool or hold your thumb over the water filled hollow until it is in the water.

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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.

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