Just inside our front door, there is an entry table that often has a plant, blooming orchid or floral arrangement to welcome us and our guests home… Some folks may think it a waste of money or effort, but I don’t feel the same way. There is something so civilized, calming and aesthetically pleasing about having something living or recently living (as in blooms) in the home. However, I will admit that fresh flower budgets are the first to be cut when times are tough, but that still doesn’t mean the pleasure is totally eliminated.
In this case, all I did was fill two simple tall vases with water, then plunged a few “xanadu” leaves in with a couple of twists and voila, this simple arrangement for less than PHP20. If you have some similar dark leafy green leaves in your garden it would cost you next to nothing. I find that the water magnifies the natural curves and color and features of the leaves, and many of the folks that wander past them feel compelled to comment favorably… The leaves harbor natural bacteria so the water does tend to get cloudy after 3-4 days, at which point it’s best to throw them out.
Some blooms also do well when you totally submerge them in water, hydrangeas being a favorite one, and calla lilies as well. Vegetables and fruit also work well, though for shorter periods of time, and best as a centerpiece for a special meal. Experiment with various leaves and “ingredients” and come up with your own favorites…