03 Feb2014

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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.

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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.

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It’s cool to watch them open up before your eyes, every few hours shows significant changes to the bouquet.

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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…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. chinachix says:

    Reminds me of mums here in Canada. Perhaps they are one and the same.

    Feb 3, 2014 | 8:32 pm

     
  2. kristin says:

    :) a nice trip to memory lane….had these as leis/garland during my kindergarten graduation aeons ago, made my neck itch though.

    Feb 4, 2014 | 2:49 am

     
  3. lookie says:

    MM,do we have it in the USA and what is it called?

    Feb 4, 2014 | 3:52 am

     
  4. pixienixie says:

    I associate everlasting flowers with All Souls’ Day. Also, I often see leis hung on the statues of Jesus, Mary, and the saints that’s why I haven’t considered these flowers as an option. I don’t know if other people have these associations too, and if these are used similarly in other parts of the country…

    Feb 4, 2014 | 6:53 am

     
  5. millet says:

    So pretty, but i’ve always associated them with dust (of course they collect dust when they’re left forever!). But i love the shell inlay on that table on which the vase sits.

    Feb 4, 2014 | 7:37 am

     
  6. ami says:

    pixienixie, I associate them too with garlands hung from statues of Jesus or the Virgin Mary.

    Feb 4, 2014 | 11:22 am

     
  7. tnm says:

    Common name here in the US is straw flower.

    Feb 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

     
  8. Marketman says:

    tnm, you are right, straw flowers indeed.

    Feb 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

     
  9. Ed B. says:

    I think a lot of people (me included) associate them with the lei’s you put on religious statues/icons, which is why people don’t buy them as much. :D

    Feb 4, 2014 | 3:31 pm

     
  10. manny says:

    Never thought Everlasting could look so good . . . :)

    Feb 4, 2014 | 3:38 pm

     

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