Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections
Orchids grow in long flower spikes.
Cut the flower from the main stem just where the stems connect.
Cut the stem at an angle
This creates a neat cut without appearing like it was shortened but rather as if the flowers grew on a short stem that opened all the way to the top.
It is always best to cut an orchid so that you can condition it with a bit of the green stem but sometimes you want only a single flower from the stem.
The same holds true for foliage. Cut the side stem from the main stem just where the stems connect.
This creates a stem that is as long as possible but still looks natural
The cut becomes almost invisible without leaving a visible blunt stem.
Include a single floret (such as an orchid) or bundle a few weaker stems (such as lily of the valley) into an arrangement or hand tie by wiring a test tube to a stick.
Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.
Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons...
Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath
Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container
My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.
This was the second design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
I left the grass to mature so that the tips mirror the sun bleached yellow of the orchids.