Floral idea of the week (42)

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Arrangement for the Advent and Christmas Time

Cake made from the Scales of Pine Cones

A few pine-needles and resinous Pinus-halapensis cones or fresh Pinus pinea surround a highly decorative table ornament, and these soften the strict lines of the design, create plenty of atmosphere, and release the scents of winter. A similar effect could also be achieved for a bouquet in fact, by covering a rigid cardboard disk with the scales from a pine cone.

(2) In order to remove the scales from the Pinus-Strobus cone one needs to find the beginning. These cones love their scales. The best is to pull out the first ones sideways. The next ones follow more easily. The scales are thicker towards the base, and so they have to be cut to a point with secateurs, in order to be able to stick them into the Oasis. For this cake-shape we need a few hundred scales, and all of them will have to be cut into shape, as the large ones are needed towards the outer edge and the smaller ones towards the centre.

(3) Once the bowl or the plate has been covered with Oasis cut neatly into the required shape, the scales can be inserted: they are stuck into the Oasis radially at a slight angle row by row, starting on the outside and moving towards the centre – and always surrounded with a little moss, in order on the one hand to achieve some firmness, on the other to hide the gaps through which the Oasis would otherwise be visible.

(4) In the middle of the form there is a small hole ready for a nicely highlighted focal point. The red and green theme is important for this Christmas arrangement. A few long pine-needles contribute to the festive mood of the arrangement, as do the fruit of Mediterranean Smilax and the single small Malus-apple, livening up a quiet, very ornamental arrangement, the use of which may not even necessarily be restricted to the advent and Christmas season.

Floral Materials: Picea glauca „conica”, Malus floribunda, Smilax aspera, Rosa hybrida, Pinus lambertiana, Pinus pinea.

More Informations about this theme
you will find in the book „Floral Craftsmanship – Techniques. Constructions. Inspirations.“ by Gregor Lersch.
One of the sources of inspiration for Floral Design is technique, or craftsmanship. A designer who has professional techniques, processes and craft skills at the finger tips will always find ever more exciting new ways to present the beauty and variety of flowers and plants. This is the reason “Floral Craftsmanship“ provides a wide range of inspirations, systematically illustrating the processes involved in 60 activities and techniques of Floral Design, introducing each one in word and image and describing the concrete use of each one on the basis of 150 individual arrangements.


Several step-by-step photos and sketches provide a detailed explanation of the constructions and arrangements. Helpful supporting constructions are also described, as are several forms and shapes that can be used in various different ways, plus the most cost-effective floral materials and other components.