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The Flowers

The Flowers

Each Pinecone has been De-Bugged with Boiling Water Bath and time in an Oven

Each or my Flowers are Fully Painted, Meaning that every scale/Petal is Painted BOTH SIDES Right to and Including the Core/Middle of the Pinecone

Pinecone is Painted Using Acrylic Paints that are Mixed with Acrylic Gloss for the Shine and Protection of the Flower

Each Flower is Unique. Like Snowflakes, no two Pinecones are exactly Alike

Each Flower is Touched Up before Leaving the Studio

About The Pinrcone  Under the Paint

About the Pinecone Under the Paint

All Pinecone were from Local Trees in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

 

Types of Trees

Types of Trees

As per  for.gov.bc.ca

Red Pine or Norway pine 

Red Pine or Norway pine (Pinus resinosa Aiton. It grows into a large tree, upwards of 100 feet high and 30 to 40 inches in diameter, usually with a straight trunk. Branches form an open rounded head on older trees after the lower branches fall away.

Leaves: The needles occur in clusters of two, are yellow-green to dark green and 4 to 6 inches long with narrow pore bands. Fresh needles will snap cleanly in two when bent. 

Cones Seed cones are round short cone of reddish-brown colour. The almost stalkless mature cone is short and stubby, egg shaped, about 2 inches long, shiny light brown in colour turning gray with age. They are green initially.

Bark Bark on mature trees is divided into cross-checked reddish-brown plates, yielding the common name. Bark on smaller branches will be gray and flaky. A resinous pitch is frequently encountered on the bark.

Scotch/Scot Pine

Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Scotch pine is conical to columnar when young, developing an open-rounded, irregular crown as it matures and growing 30-60’ tall in cultivation. also known as Scots pine, is a fast-growing, conical to columnar, medium-sized conifer 

Leaves Needles occur in bunches of 2, are stout and usually twisted, 1 to 3 inches long, and bluish-green in colour.

Cones Seed cones are small and rounded, 1 to 2 inches long. 

Bark Trunks are often crooked in early years. The tree is easily identified by its distinctive orange, flaky bark on its upper trunk and branches.

 

White Pine Bark

White Bark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) A subalpine tree that varies in shape from a small tree with  a rapidly spreading trunk and broad crown to a shrub with a wide-spreading crown and twisted, gnarled branches when exposed to strong winds. It is similar in appearance to limber pine, but its cones are quite different.

Leaves Needles occur in bunches of five, ranging from 3 to 9 centimetres long; they are stiff, slightly curved, usually bluish-green, and tend to be clumped towards the ends of branches.

Cones Seed cones are egg-shaped to almost round, 3 to 8 centimetres long, and grow at right angles to the branch; the scales grow in roughly 5 spiral rows. The cones are permanently closed and the seeds are released when the cones decay on the ground. Seeds are large – about a centimetre long – and wingless

Bark Thin, smooth, and chalky-white on young stems; as the tree gets older, the bark becomes thicker and forms narrow, brown, scaly plates.

 

Ponderosa/Yellow Pine

Ponderosa or Yellow Pine (Pinus ponderosa)  A large-crowned tree with a straight trunk, usually about 25 to 30 metres tall, but sometimes reaching a height of 50 metres and a diameter of 2 metres.

Leaves Needles occur in bunches of three (occasionally both twos and threes), 12 to 28 centimetres long, slender, with sharp points and sharply toothed edges.

Cones Seed cones are narrowly oval when closed, 7 to 14 centimetres long, with no stalk. The scales get thicker towards the tip and have a sharp, rigid prickle. Seeds have a 2.5 centimetre wing.

Bark Blackish, rough, and scaly on young trees; on mature trees the bark is very thick (up to 10 centimetres), bright orangey-brown, and deeply grooved into flat, flaky plates.

Lodge Pole Pine

Lodge Pole Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia)  A tall, slender, straight tree which grows throughout most of the Interior.

Leaves Needles occur in bunches of two and are often twisted in a spiral with sharp points; usually dark green.

Cones Seed cones vary in shape from short and cylindrical to egg-shaped; 2 to 4 centimetres long without stalks. The seed scales have sharp prickles at their tips.

Bark The bark is thin, orangey-brown to grey, and finely scaled.

 

Meet The Artist

Meet The Artist

Dee

Dee

Owner, Artist

Retired Nurse, Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Dog Agility Trainer, Dog Agility Judge and Facilator

Married with three wonderful children, and our son-in-law

Have done many handicrafts over the years, knitting, crocheting, macrame, ceramics, needle point and more. I never thought that I would enjoy painting delicate pinecones.

All through high school I failed drawing and painting. Never got above 20%.

This all started in 2019 when my Daughter wanted me to find her some larger pinecones so she could make firestarters for the wedding guests (120 of them). Then asked me if I could find more pinecones of various sizes for the table center pieces. I had so many pinecones that I went on Pinterest to see if I could make other things.

I found that People painted the whole pinecone to look like a rose, cut them in half and used bottoms for Zinneas and top half as a flower. I gave it a try. Made several bouquets for her bridal shower.

Not satisfied with how they looked, I tried to make the next batch look more like real flowers. I made a set of his and her coloured flowers in little wheelbarrows for their wedding reception..

I was now hooked , as my quest to make the pinecones look even more like real flowers, My hobby took off.

I also started handcrafting stamen (middle of flower) for certain flowers, mostly with wire.

I love this hobby and hope I can give some enjoyment to others.

Location

Okanagan Valley

British Columbia, Canada

blossomingpinecones@gmail.com

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