11 Jan2013


Some folks like it, others just raised their eyebrows in amusement. Sometimes bizarre components make bizarre arrangements. But I figure, if you don’t experiment, you don’t come up with anything new. A trip to the wholesale flower market just before Christmas resulted in a really disappointing selection of flowers I typically count on for the holidays, and I walked up and down the market three times to try and figure out what to get. After a 40 minute drive to get there, I wasn’t going home empty handed…


I noticed abundant deliveries of unusual “sagbut” as my crew member assigned to floral stuff is wont to describe them as… basically seeds, fruits, berries, new shoots, leaves, inflorescense, etc. Really what it means is “stuff or crap or weeds” – take your pick. :) At PHP100 for three bunches, you could assemble enough materiel for a fairly large arrangement for less than PHP500 or $12. This is what I ended up buying.


Native orchids, mini-pineapples, inflorescense…


…fruits, berries and thingamajigs…


Take a couple of minutes to throw it all together and leave it outdoors in a seating area. Experiment done. Not sure I would do it again. :)




  1. besYS says:

    I love it!
    Cute mini pineapples – come to me! ;-)

    Jan 11, 2013 | 2:37 pm


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  3. Cwid says:

    Love this!

    Jan 11, 2013 | 3:18 pm

  4. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Love it!! Exotic..will replicate;-):-) well done MM,that’s what I like about you! Now ..see if I can find something similar that won’t break the bank,there are little pickings at Pikes.

    Jan 11, 2013 | 3:59 pm

  5. MrsKookie says:

    I actually like it! I wonder how long it stayed though…

    Jan 11, 2013 | 4:40 pm

  6. denise says:

    Love it! Very Ikebana-esque MM!

    Jan 11, 2013 | 4:46 pm

  7. ami says:

    ohhh mini pineapples! I like the arrangement because it’s very exotic. I just have to laugh though because the yellow-green grass-like leaves reminded me of the penguin’s eyebrow feathers in the movie Surf’s Up.

    Jan 11, 2013 | 5:21 pm

  8. Natie says:

    Those mini pineapples did the trick, a shock of 3 red ginger torches would have provided contrast. But its very eye-catching and has good flow. Yeah, kinda like some pea hen’s headdress! A wide open floweriing kale would maybe participate with its resplendedt voluminous,founced petals or leaves..

    Jan 11, 2013 | 6:24 pm

  9. present tense says:

    i am just wondering why i’ ve never seen a post on bonsais

    Jan 11, 2013 | 7:48 pm

  10. Lou says:

    Love it!

    Jan 11, 2013 | 8:27 pm

  11. gorabels says:

    i think your experiment worked out pretty well! nice break from the usual florals. and the mini-pineapples are ingenious, it looks like a little fruit basket of sorts. if you had children in the house i’m sure they’d try to see if it’s edible. :)

    Jan 11, 2013 | 8:49 pm

  12. allison says:

    It’s funky enough to like : )

    Jan 11, 2013 | 9:29 pm

  13. misao says:

    I actually like it. It looks like a pot garden of some sort. It’s timely too – welcoming the new year with all those round berries! :D

    Jan 11, 2013 | 9:41 pm

  14. Sarah says:

    The mini-pineapples are cute!

    Jan 11, 2013 | 11:47 pm

  15. sophie says:

    uhhmm, MM its a nice arrangement. ^_^, will try to replicate at home but with whatever thingy I can find.

    Jan 11, 2013 | 11:58 pm

  16. sUr says:

    mm: who are we kidding– your m├ętier is not food! ;-)

    Jan 12, 2013 | 12:59 am

  17. ConnieC says:

    I like the untraditional and unexpected!

    Jan 12, 2013 | 2:26 am

  18. netoy says:

    it actually looks a lot better seen from a distance than the close-up views.

    Jan 12, 2013 | 4:11 am

  19. PITS, MANILA says:

    i remember green peppercorn …

    Jan 12, 2013 | 7:33 am

  20. Marlo says:

    Very creative! Nice one. ;-)

    Jan 12, 2013 | 8:08 am

  21. Betchay says:

    I won’t be able to come up with something like that given the few materials at hand which I associate as only fillers but you did very well….very tropical! but I would have gone to the garden and forage for some more colorful leaves to add to the arrangement. :)

    Jan 12, 2013 | 8:44 am

  22. millet says:

    love it! I like arranging sagbut!

    Jan 12, 2013 | 10:30 am

  23. Faust says:

    it’s like i remember in my elementary and childhood days in flower arrangement in our tle class – flower arrangement: heaven, man, and earth..

    Jan 13, 2013 | 1:02 am

  24. Tracy says:

    It’s not that bad, esp if the arrangement lasts long, but maybe a smaller pot? I think the pot is too big and the arrangement not tall enough giving the whole thing a disproportional look.

    Jan 14, 2013 | 6:29 am

  25. Khew says:

    Beautiful materials and superb colour combination. Perhaps it’s the photography but it sort of looks sunk in. When you have such interesting textures and irregular shapes, best in my opinion, is to have each strictly grouped and in obvious varying heights……with those ‘green peas’ even dripping down or flowing out of the pot. I guess your sensibilities told you “rustic pot for rustic stuff” but aim for contrast instead.

    Jan 14, 2013 | 8:35 am

  26. odessa says:

    unexpected MM but still great! bdw, wish to click 2 or more answers on the survey…:)
    we used to play with those “sagbut”… spray paint them with gold or silver (except for the tiny pineapple and the orchids) after they dried out and you can use them as an unusual decor ….

    Jan 14, 2013 | 10:25 am

  27. cindz says:

    i rather like it, something different :)

    Jan 14, 2013 | 4:46 pm

  28. alexishyne says:

    mini pine apples…:D

    Jan 16, 2013 | 4:17 pm


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