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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Where to cut Gladiolus spikes shorter

Cut the stem at an angle so that the cut follows the foliage line

Cut the stem at an angle so that the cut follows the foliage line.

You can tuck the cut stem back into the foliage to use in a design

You can tuck the cut stem back into the foliage to conceal the cut and use the stem in a design

Cut the flower shorter by cutting the stem to follow the line where the flower grows

Cut the flower shorter by cutting the stem to follow the line where the flower grows. This way the cut is concealed ant it looks like the flower opened up all the way to the top on the stem.

You now have three shorter stems to design with

You now have three shorter stems to design with.

To cut the blooms into smaller sections again follow the natural line of the flower.

To cut the blooms into smaller sections again follow the natural line of the flower.

Removing the gladiolus bloom with a tiny section of stem.

Removing the gladiolus bloom with a tiny section of stem so that it continues to take up water.

Cut the close buds right between the flowers

Cut the close buds right between the flowers.

Follow the line where the flower grows so that the cut is concealed.

Follow the line where the flower grows so that the cut is concealed and you have natural looking flower buds.

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Tutorials

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

7 January 2015 So many ways to use a Kenzan to hold floral materials

How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan

11 September 2013 Longer lasting Gladiolus Composite Flower

Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase

15 February 2012 Gladiolus Composite

This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make

Favourite Flowers

Gladiolus

Gladiolus, Sword lily, Corn Lilies, gladioluses, glads, plural: gladioli

Related Designs

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

11 September 2013 Making it last

Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower

7 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Own It!

My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

12 July 2017 Sparkler

A radiating twig design

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers