In the prime of summer, it would behoove us to share tips about another of nature’s ample wonders – flowers! Not for eating, for admiring. We’ve been giving food a lot of attention – understandably, we are a grocery store after all. But there are many other aspects to entertaining that are equally deserving of time on this blog. Take flowers, for example.
Flowers have the power to set the tone, change one’s mood and complete your room décor. Whether as the focal point, or an accent, flowers radiate positive energy.
In the early 1800s, Austria introduced an arrangement to the world that remains popular to date – the Beidermeier. Once a favorite in noble homes, this arrangement is now commonly relegated to wedding tables and other formal occasions. But we see no reason to bring the Beidermeirer home again. The Florists at Sunset Foods will walk you through the steps to replicating this stunner yourself.
Green Rose Beidermeirer Floral Arrangement
What you need:
1 dozen green roses
1 bunch orange spray roses (about 10 stems - or 40 buds)
4 stems coxcomb
1 banana leaf
floral shears (or scissors)
Why we like it:
Green roses are absolutely breathtaking! When these arrived in store, we knew we had to do something truly original with them – a simple bouquet in a vase just wouldn’t do. So we landed on the Beidermeier arrangement, a fantastic way to give these roses the spotlight they deserve.
This arrangement is very easy to put together. You can use any color flower you like – and you don’t necessarily need to use roses. Have a particular favorite that we don’t carry? Talk to Sunset’s Floral Department about placing a special order for you today.
Just as we do in the kitchen when preparing a recipe, we need to get our mise en place ready for flower arranging:
We’ll start by removing the spine form the banana leaf so that it wraps the vase cleanly. It’s easy enough to do when you have the right tools for the job. Begin by using your shears or scissors to snip the stem from the base of the leaf. Then use a sharp knife to gently shave away any part of the stem that protrudes above the leaf.
Now that the spine has been removed, the banana leaf will be much easier to work with. We are going to use the leaf as a decorative element inside our vase, like so:
Won’t that look elegant? Instead of seeing all the stems in the water, you’ll see this dreamy green leaf. And how easy was that?
Now for the floral arranging. Ever wonder how florists get each flower in its place? So expertly, so precisely…every stem has its place, and the position is perfect. Their secret? Tape! Floral tape, to be exact, because it comes in a lovely green hue that makes it invisible to the eye of the beholder.
We will begin by mapping out a simple grid pattern on the vase. Tape a line from one side of the vase to the other. Repeat this process, giving yourself at least an inch of space between the first line you taped down. Once you have taped all your vertical lines, lay the tape horizontally across, starting at one side of the vase and taping it to the opposite side, and repeating the process, leaving about an inch of space between each horizontal line. Once you have laid out your tape grid it will look something like this:
When your grid pattern is complete, you will need to take one final precaution with the tape. Tape a continuous line of floral tape around the edge of the vase, securing each tape end in place.
Now we can begin arranging the flowers! An important tip to remember when working with any type of flower is to always snip a little bit of the end off every stem before arranging them in a vase. This will help the stems absorb water – and in turn, live longer! While you’re at it, you may want to go ahead and strip some of the excess leaves from the stems as well. They will decay in water, which is not a pretty site – nor does it smell very nice either.
Stems trimmed? Leaves removed? Let’s begin!
The Beidermeier Floral Arrangement has height and dimension – it looks a bit conical or domed. Just think of it as a house. If you were going to build a house, you’d start with the foundation and build up from there. Same logic applies to the Beidermeier floral arrangement.
Our foundation for this arrangement happens to be beautiful orange spray roses. Gather them in groups of four, and place them in the outermost grid squares all around the edge of your vase, like so:
You will have some spray roses left over. Don’t force them in. Save them because we will need them when we construct the “roof” of our arrangement.
Next we will move on to the second layer of our arrangement, green roses. You may want to fluff each rose to gently coax it to open up a little more. Gentle is the key to remember as you handle each rose – you don’t want the petals to fall off. Simply use your thumb and index finger to spread the petals outward from the center, like so:
You may need to trim the stems further to get them to the correct height. In the Beidermeier arrangement, each layer of flowers should be just taller than the previous layer. You want the flowers to rest on top of each other, with no gaps or spaces. Test one out to see how much additional stem needs to be trimmed then trim all your green roses to match that height. And if there are any leaves still in tact, make sure to remove those too.
Once every green rose has been trimmed for placement, position them in a ring around the spray rose ring. You should place one green rose in each grid square going around the vase, like so:
Now it’s time to position the coxcomb. Named for its uniquely shaped and brilliantly colored blooms that resemble a plume, coxcomb makes an exceptional filler in floral arrangements. For this arrangement, we are working with a vivid orange coxcomb flower. We will position all four stems in the center of the arrangement so that they rest directly above our ring of green roses. Trim the stems to the right height and remove the leaves, just as you did with the roses.
Once all four stems are in place, you should still have one square from your grid remaining to be filled. For the finishing touch, we will reach for our remaining spray roses. Again, trim the stems if needed so that the blooms rest just above the coxcomb, then place them in the vase, like so:
Give the floral arrangement a misting of water, and step back to admire your beautiful handiwork.
You did it! And it really wasn’t that difficult, right? In fact, that hardest part just might be finding the perfect place in your home where you can admire your efforts!
Whether it's a small bouquet for a loved one or the ultimate statement of glamour for the event of a lifetime, Sunset's Floral Design team are masters at creating exceptional floral arrangements. Using only the freshest, most beautiful blooms, you can count on Sunset Floral for the same quality you've come to expect from Sunset Foods.
While Sunset Foods has always offered beautiful flowers at our five locations, our acquisition of Angelo Floral Design, an upscale florist that has operated in Lake Forest for more than 20 years, enables us to offer custom floral arrangements for any occasion, including weddings, funerals and holidays.
Call 847-295-0460 to speak with one of Floral Designers. Sunset Floral Design is open Monday - Saturday, 9am-6pm