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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Helianthus anuus - Sunflower

Helianthus anuus

Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville Floral Carpet with the members of the Durbanville Flower Club. For the mid section I used roses, sunflower heads, bark, potting soil and foliage.

Common name

Sunflower

Origin

America especially the Southern and Western regions.

Varieties

You will find both large (20-35 cm) and miniature (10cm) sunflowers. Most varieties cultivated for the cut flower market sheds less pollen than those grown for the seeds.

Colors

most popular sunflowers are the “moonlight” variety with its dark center and sunny yellow petals but you will also find brown, orange, rusty red and a striking dark red purple

Vase life

Sunflowers are thirsty and if you keep them well hydrated it will last for a week. They also dry well.

Scent

If you are familiar with sunflower oil you will recognize it by the scent

Uses

Sunflowers are very dominant and definitely attract attention. It has become fashionable in contemporary design to remove the bright flower petals and work with the dark center of the flower

Conditioning

Give the stems a fresh cut at an angle and hydrate in warm water with dissolved flower food for a few hours before designing. To air dry the flower heads need to be supported. You can either slip it into a paper tube and stand till its dry or hang the flower upside down.

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Related Designs

31 July 2019 Adding folded grass "jitters" to a Sunflower

Adding tension to a design with a grass frame and collar.

31 July 2019 Jitters!

Zig-zag grass details add a bit of tension to the design

27 July 2016 Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

13 August 2014 Standing flowering stems in shallow puddles

Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design

13 August 2014 A leg to stand on

Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems

3 July 2012 Twig-a-tude

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

5 April 2011 Floral Carpet

Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa