Easter lillies are the traditional flower during this holiday. Other typically available flowers in colder climates include daffodils, tulips and roses. I generally NEVER buy chrysantemums because I dislike their uniformity, their “never die” quality and their often atrocious colors. I associate chrysantemums with someone who has already keeled over. Anyway, having said that, I may have to eat my words as in an act of desperation, without any other flowers on hand, I actually bought several bunches of mums from a roadside vendor in Tagaytay so that I could have a colorful centerpiece for this simple lunch at the beach. I broke two cardinal rules in that one act — no mums ever and buying them from someone who was going to definitely fleece me (think at least double the price in the flower market at Dimasalang).
I got several bunches of light green mini-mums, white and slightly green mums and white mums. I am not going to bother looking these up for additional information and scientific names… I filled several water glasses with clean water then cut the mums down to about 8 inches (threw away all the other stems), stripped a lot of the leaves off and bunched them in the glasses. I alternated the different types of mums in a straight line down the center of the table and voila!, not too shabby huh? While I have not quite been converted to mums, I am grateful they were available on the roadside in such abundance. Please note the patterns of the petals in the first photo up above – isn’t nature at work stunning? You could pull this centerpiece off in less than 15 minutes. And it lasts for a really long time… Happy Easter!