Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
India, China, Europe, North America and Africa
A new variety of rose appear daily and it would be rather silly to think you will be able to keep up with the names of all the roses available as cut flowers. Some of the new varieties are thorn-less and special attention is given to breed roses with a distinctive and traditional fragrance after years of fragrance free cut flowers.
Many variations of colour and bi-colours of almost all shades.
Seven to ten days or even longer. A bit longer if it was grown for the cut flower industry and a little less if it is a garden rose.
Widely grown for its distinctive fragrance. Though cut roses have no scent new varieties are now available with a strong fragrance.
Very versatile. Roses can be used in formal designs and is equally appropriate in a country bouquet. Great to practice spiralling a bunch of flower stems because the stems are straight.
I prefer not to rip or strip my roses because it damages the stem bark. I just cut the thorn tips away with my knife. Gently peel the foliage from the stems that will fall below the conditioning water line. Cut the stem at an angle and condition in water with dissolved rose flower food. Roses should be designed and conditioned in deep water. Do not spray or submerge the flower head in water as this traps the water between the petals and causes Botrytis and bacteria to spread.
Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design
A fluffy cuff lines the top edge of the bark Christmas Stocking
Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Sticks and twigs create a resting spot for palm and rose butterflies
Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag
This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Valentine's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the December 2012...
Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
As a floral artist I am inspired by the endurance of nature and my work is still re-creating the Sleeping Beauty Castle of my imagination.
My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs
"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...
Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. ...
This is the fourth and last design I did for my Floral Fable demonstration.
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...
This was my first Floral Art Demonstration as a member of the South African Flower Union and the World Association of Flower Arrangers
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
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.
After our second Canada visit in 2009 I did a demonstration entitled "Canada" at the Durbanville Flower Club in South Africa
Six wall designs staged for the Durbanville Flower Club Flower Festival.
Advanced level Workshop: For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally...
A look at the Old and New of Floral art
Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa
"What Twisted Tales We Weave" design 2010 Floral Trends Design Group, South Africa.
Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design
Wax and Rainbow Oasis keep the flower heads in place.
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...