08 Aug2013


Hydrangeas are great “bang for the buck” because for relatively modest sums of money you can make very “bloom-centric” arrangements. Known by the local name milflores, or inaccurately translated “million flowers” (it’s actually thousand(s) of flowers), they tend to be abundant during the rainy season. At the Dimasalang wholesale flower market today, besides hydrangeas, they also seemed awash in snapdragons, a relatively new bloom at local wholesalers, but apparently they are easy enough to grow in bulk up north. For roughly PHP600 total, these are two medium sized arrangements we managed to pull together with little effort…


Each arrangement contains 4 large clumps of hydrangeas (1-2 clumps were made up of 3 smaller blooms), and 1 bunch each of white, purplish and pink snapdragons.


We made two similar arrangements, both in silver (plated) wine buckets.


The colors of the arrangement echoed the colors in the abstract painting in the background. This was serendipitous, I think.


Up close, the flowers look like they were just plonked into a vase, with stems pointing here and there.


See what I mean about all blooms?


I moved one arrangement to a side table beside a rattan armchair and it looked good there as well. Will have to remember this mixture of colors for future arrangements…

Here are some other floral posts from previous years…

Simple, Stunning and Inexpensive
Christmas Arrangement
Mother’s Day Flowers
Mangosteens & Calla Lilies
Amaryllis en Masse
A Teen’s Perspective
Graduation Bouquet
Flowers for a Christmas Dinner
Blue & White
Red Roses
A Leafy Arrangement
Flowers for a Confirmation
Flowers for a Birthday Dinner
Cane & Orchids
White Roses
Orchid Arrangements



  1. Emy Medina says:

    Gorgeous arrangements….hydrangeas reminds
    me of my childhood summers in Cavite.
    In So.Cal. it comes in pinks and blues depending
    on the acidity of the soil.Love the purplish

    Aug 9, 2013 | 3:14 am


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  3. Betchay says:

    Nice! We had hydrangeas in our garden before and for them to thrive I had to plant them in a shady, cool area as direct sun wilted the flowers and I did noticed they need to be watered a lot.They bloomed but just the size of my palm. Alas, when we went on a long vacation, they died. :(

    Aug 9, 2013 | 7:55 am

  4. millet says:

    very nice! i planted snapdragons in my garden and they turned out to be the miniature variety – tiny, tiny blooms in pink, violet and white that soon over-ran the entire box. and yes, MM…the “just-plonked” look, which i prefer, actually takes some effort, no? sometimes more effort than it takes to make a proper “heaven-man-earth” arrangement, actually.

    Aug 9, 2013 | 10:32 am

  5. terrey says:

    what i love more is the contrast of the yellow painting on the wall and the graying or dark bluish sofa!

    Aug 9, 2013 | 12:47 pm

  6. ami says:

    Thanks for the inspiration MM. I’ve been thinking of which blooms could be put together to create a blue & white arrangement. I knew that hydrangeas could be used for the blue but was stumped on what to use for white. Looks like snapdragons is the answer that I’m looking for.

    Aug 9, 2013 | 3:22 pm

  7. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Simply stunning !! The arrangements look like they were put together effortlessly, not so , for I know , Simple is harder to pull..I am on vacay in Vegas now, makes me want to go home & replicate .. most of this flowers are in my garden..Snapdragons & Hydrangeas bloom in all color here in Wa. Love, love,this posting!

    Aug 9, 2013 | 5:13 pm

  8. Mari of NY says:

    Now that our big maple tree is gone, the Hydrangea shrub is getting too much sun and is being attacked by aphids. Fortunately, this year I have been able to lessen the invaders but couldn’t stop the heat wave. Most of the blooms have been burned and the remaining bulbs don’t look as good as it used to. Now I must think of some ways to protect it next year… I miss the ever changing of its colors from spring to fall… from pale blue, to green, to touches of red in fall.

    Always love your floral arrangements and the bargains you get for them.

    Aug 10, 2013 | 12:24 am

  9. Barang says:

    I most specially adore the painting in the background. Can you pls tell me the artist? Thanks much.

    Aug 13, 2013 | 6:57 am

  10. Slightly Epicurean says:


    Aug 13, 2013 | 9:21 pm

  11. Marketman says:

    Barang, the painting is by Fernando Modesto, a friend dating back to Mrs. MM and my Jakarta days. :)

    Aug 14, 2013 | 4:12 pm

  12. Henrico Jose says:

    Please help me, where can i buy this flowers now in metro manila? Thank you!

    Jul 21, 2014 | 8:03 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    Henrico, I am normally quite helpful when it comes to polite requests, but I GET PARTICULARLY ANNOYED when readers don’t help themselves. If you SIMPLY READ THE ARTICLE ABOVE and can comprehend English, then you would read where I got/bought the flowers. I can’t stand it when people ask questions on blog posts that were answered in the post that they didn’t bother to bloody READ. It makes them appear stupider than they really are.

    Jul 21, 2014 | 8:21 pm

  14. Henrico Jose says:

    Jul 21, 2014 | 8:43 pm


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