My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Single long stem flowers grow from bulbs to stand about 30cm high. Each flower has a single pistil two stamens which is closed in two crowns and three perianth leaves

Tulipa - Tulip

Plaited tulips in my I’ve got my head in the clouds design.

Common name:



Even though we normally associate tulips with Holland it originates from the North Himalayas. Today Holland supplies most of the world market with tulips


yellow, red, green, white, cream, dark purple, lilac, pink and more also bi-coloured


There are many varieties available. Most important to the cut flower industry is the bell shape traditional tulip, the parrot tulip with its ruffled petals and the lily flowering tulip with its pointed petals.

Vase life:

Five to ten days with proper care. Tulips are harvested before you can even see their colour with the flower heads tucked into the leaves. They will continue to grow, about the size of the flower head per day, in water.




The stems curve and bend gracefully. Looks fantastic if you reflex the petals. It is also possible to keep the flowers in tight bud. Arrange in water rather than floral foam.


Because the growers pull the flowers from the bulbs when harvesting you will notice a white end on all the stems. This white area is very firm and prevent the stem from loosing moisture but also from taking up moisture. Cut the stem at an angle just above the white area. Place the stems in cold water to condition. To open the flowers quicker you can condition the flowers in warmer water. Add flower food formulated for bulb flowers to the water. Tulips are geotropic, condition them in an upright position. The stems will also be straighter if you wrap the tulips in brown paper or leave it tightly wrapped while conditioning. Tulips can cause allergic reactions. Wash your hands after working with tulips.

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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.