Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
South Africa (most species are available in the Cape Province),Eastern side of Southern Africa including Kenya
Freesias are widely cultivated and new varieties are introduced yearly
White to yellow, pink, red, rust and blue-mauve
7 to 10 days
Peppery floral scent
Vintage to contemporary designs depending on the style of the design. Beautiful in bud vases, great in corsages and wedding designs. Strong, graphic buds
Choose stems with at least seven buds per stem. The first few florets must be open with some showing colour. Remove any foliage that will fall under the water line, give the stem a fresh cut and condition in cold water. Pinch out any spent flowers to encourage more flowers to open. Freesias are sensitive to fluoride added to water and can cause the the flowers not to open or the leaves to burn to a pale yellow.
If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.
This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.
Zig Zag fold clear plastic for a flower stem support that looks like ice
Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.
Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias
My article and woven heart basket design featured in the third anniversary issue of DIY Weddings Magazine