Tonight is a special night; we welcome home family, and family friends who are visiting the Philippines for the first time… So the household has been abuzz preparing for the visit. Early this morning, I decided to drive down to wholesale flower market to see if there were some flowers to make a couple of small arrangements. It was a risky move, as Mondays are typically NOT a good flower day, and upon arrival, it was quickly apparent that there were hardly any flowers on display or for sale in the stalls, perhaps just 20% of what’s on offer on a Thursday or Friday…
And just two weeks after Valentine’s and days after the big flower festival in Baguio, I guess this was tempting the fates. A quick walk down the entire length of market seemed to confirm the dire flower stock levels. Until I got to my rose suki and they had lots of colorful roses (not red or white, the most common and plentiful) that were probably a day or two old. The shortest stemmed roses still looked good, and a long dip in cool water would revive them, so I decided to bargain… and was surprised that the vendor agreed to PHP25 for a bunch of two dozen roses. I ended up buying some 25 bundles or roughly 550-600 blooms for about PHP600! At about one peso per bloom, that’s a wickedly good price, wickedly good.
Armed with that “anchor” purchase of colorful blooms in orange, fucshia and mixed roses, we got 10 bunches of purple statis, lots of light yellow green mums, and some green berries on their last days or so. Total expenditure for this bounty that nearly filled the back of the car? About PHP1,200 or roughly USD27 or so. :)
Purple statis, that dry nicely by the way, are usually too intense in color for me, but seemed light a bright addition to the colors today.
Pink and fuschia roses en masse.
Orange roses. Not photographed, some mixed roses, red roses, green “berries” and some leaves.
Back at home, an antique planter, filled with a glass vase…
…the resident lab florist, Ginger, ready to show off… :)
…and a few minutes later, a low tight, all flower arrangement for a corner of the living room. it is intense, but actually quite easy to do. I didn’t even bother to remove the roses from their original bundles. Just conditioned them in cool water, then propped them in the vase filled with water and flower food…
Another snapshot of the arrangement, with a peek of a freshly baked pie on the side. The total diameter of the arrangement exceeds two feet!
We don’t usually make arrangements this intense and colorful; but with blooms at near giveaway prices this morning, this made for a special treat for a special welcome home for family and guests. We had enough flowers leftover for several other arrangements.