Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines
Native to Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina
It is unusual to find a passion flower for sale as a cut flower. It was very popular to use passion flowers in arrangements in the Victorian times and it is again gaining star status. Hundreds of hybrids have been named and hybridizing is currently being done extensively for cut flowers, foliage, tendrils and decorative fruit.
Pink, blue or green flowers, yellow or dark purple fruit.
Sadly, short- the flowers last only from one to at most a few days. Fruit will shrivel and dry. The tendrils and foliage do a bit better and will last for seven to ten days in a vase.
Mild fruity fragrance or none or some smell really bad such as Passiflora foetida (stinking passionflower) that gets its name from the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage.
Unbeatable for long, fast growing swirling and curling tendrils. Gorgeous and unusual flowers. Lush, large leaves for wrapping and covering mechanics.
Cut the stems at an angle and condition in warm water over night
Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas
My demonstration looked at ways to use mud to enhance floral art.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids
So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.
When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.
I wanted my design to feature mostly growing plants- creating a natural display on the supernatural wreath.