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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2009
2:32 PM

Post #6949113

Leaves can be folded, twisted, cut, pleated, sprayed, experiment and see what you can make!

Using a palm leaf to make a loop. Remove a few of the lower leaves from the main stem, bend the leaf to form a loop and tie to the main stalk with wire.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6949135


For a smoother loop, remove one side of the palm leaves ..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6949156


Bend and tie with wire..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6949175


The palm leaves that were removed, can be gathered togehter and used as in a bundle .

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 15, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #6949182


A vase of roses using a whole palm leaf loop placed in the centre.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6950166

Very nice Terri! I'm going to have to try this! But no palm leaves so I'll have to use something else.
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2009
8:03 PM

Post #6953673

I'm going to try this! Just have to pop outside to get some material!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6953777

ok, this is what I came up with. I'm not sure if it qualifies as leaf manipulation or just plain mutilation...but either way I started with a large Brugmansia leaf.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6953787

here's a drawing of what I did with it.

I cut along the dashed lines

brought down the top and stapled the the 2 spots with X's together

then fringed the edges

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2009
8:42 PM

Post #6953788

here's the finished leaf from the front

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2009
8:42 PM

Post #6953792

and from the side. If the fringes were cut more neatly it would probably look alot nicer.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 17, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6954659


Hi Steven, Thank you! Great you are experimenting with leaves! I don't have any Brugs, are they waxy?
they might be too soft for this one! I'm no sure cutting around the edges will stay very fresh looking?
The palm leaves I got from the florists have gone over now, so I will save them for spraying later on.
I think fern leaves or other more flexilbe long stems might be good to try.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6956366

Terri how do you keep your palms staying so fresh looking, mine wilt almost as soon as I cut them?
Steven, I agree that a cleaner edge would make it more asthetically appealing. You have inspired me to go and check out my leaves!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6957168

I think you're right Terri that the cut edge would probably go brown fairly quickly. Brug leaves tend to be a little on the fuzzy side, not very, but I find most of them are fairly soft.

What are you planning on Candee? You could try braiding some of that nice zebra grass you have!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #6957191

You know I did braid that last year and used it in a copper pot arrangement. It didn't show up well because it was too thin. Perhaps a wider grass would work.
I did make an arrangement yesterday that I haven't uploaded the photo yet and I pulled the zebra grass leaves down to the vase and taped them and it looks like a heart. I will upload photos and name the theme this evening. Be watching for the new theme "Big, Bigger and Biggest" so get your big posies out!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #6957288

Cool! A new theme! Miss Bruggie should be opening soon so maybe some of her blooms will take the prize!!!! I want to try making a posie inside a brugmansia bloom.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 17, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6957571


Candee, I usually submerge the whole leaf in a bucket of water for an hour or so and it perks up again.
Looking forward to seeing what leaves you can find and also the new theme!

Sounds like a great idea Steven!

Here's some rolled leaves ... I put a few flowers in test tubes inside!

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
8:30 PM

Post #6957797

Those are AWSOME Terri!!!

Do you submerge all leaves for an hour before working with them?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 17, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #6958078


Thanks Steven, Usually, if I have time.. lol!
Some I shine with spray oil, that gives a nice contrast with a something more textured.
The palm leaf I pleated has dried now, it might come in handy for spraying gold later.

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SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2009
2:23 AM

Post #6959162

Is that grass sprayed gold? I really do need to get some gold paint...
What kind of spray oil do you use? Please do show your palm after you've painted it :)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6959517


It's not sprayed gold yet Steven, just dead LOL! Gold spay is a must for any flower arrangers toolbox along with some oil! I have some sunflower cooking spray that I use, it's much cheaper than leaf shine from the florists and does the same job.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:19 AM

Post #6959523


I think this is a Canna leaf. Using my thumb nail, I cut along the veins of one side of the leaf.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:25 AM

Post #6959539


I made small cuts on the other side of the leaf along the veins. Folded the strips over and through the leaf.
This shows the colours on the back of the leaf.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:30 AM

Post #6959553


Weaving strips of Yukka or flax through a leaf..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:31 AM

Post #6959556


close up..

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 18, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6959570


Have fun experimenting! I'm off on my holidays, back in a couple of weeks!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2009
1:27 PM

Post #6960330

That testtube effect is one of the best and most unusual I have ever seen anywhere, you really take the cake when it comes to thinkin outside the box.

The canna weave is another masterpiece as well. I also think that dried sprayed palm will be fabulous in something and can't wait to see what you do with it.

Hope you are off to some place a lot of fun for your holidays. Keep us posted and have a chillaxin great time!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 1, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #7010545

Not much manipulation, just rolled up the cladium leaves and put them in the jar, lol, how ingenious!!!

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Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #7067175

Not much manipulation in this one, just several caladium leaves rolled, inserted in the jar and then filled with water. As stated on another thread these have lasted for weeks and still look fresh as day 1.

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