You're leaving part of the flower's stem for a base for more flowers like the one that you are cutting. It is crucial to be aware that flowers are usually very fragile and may have to be dyed before drying,
Obsessed with this flower, someone buy me some! Protea From South Africa ~ these grow wild on the hillsides and you can buy a bouquet of them for the price of one stem in the U. There are many varieties, all spectacular.