Most people probably associate leis or garlands of dried everlasting flowers from childhood holiday trips to Baguio. I have featured them before, here, and ran across them again recently at the flower market. I’ve decided I like them A LOT in their fresh state (rather than dried), and they strike me as very masculine blooms… precise cuts on very thin balsa wood come to mind more than the flower of a plant. Their colors come in a stunning range and depth of the color spectrum and they open up from tight buds to really lush and showy blooms.
At PHP50 for a substantial bunch of fresh everlasting flowers, just two or three bunches would make a nice arrangement in a wide-mouthed glass or ceramic vase.
It’s cool to watch them open up before your eyes, every few hours shows significant changes to the bouquet.
I wish they appeared more often in local markets. And that consumers buy more of them as well over the almost trite blooms like roses and chrysanthemums…