This coming Sunday is Motherâ€™s Day, so the next few posts might give you some nice ideas for celebrating itâ€¦ A good friend of ours got married in January, out of the country, and we were unable to attend. Instead, we promised to cook them a special dinner once they got back. Another couple and also good friends, who were also unable to attend the wedding, graciously offered a superb weekend home as the venue for the dinner, which turned into an overnight calorie packed trip. So the next few posts are from that particular weekend but they have all the makings of a terrific weekend for your mom, spouse or someone special. This was an extravagant weekend by most measures, so if that bothers you, skip the next 4-5 days worth of posts rather than leaving me nasty commentsâ€¦ First off, how can you celebrate a wedding without some flowers? I didnâ€™t have much time (flying in from Cebu just hours before leaving for the venue) to hit the wholesale flower market so I just went to the FTI Saturday market, crossed my fingers and hoped for the bestâ€¦
Well, what do you think? A simple set of arrangements made of young light green hydrangeas or milflores paired with shocking orange roses in crystal vases. Frankly, I thought they were stunning. I am not a big fan of orange flowers but in this case they really looked quite good. How to? Pretty simple. At the market, I purchased several pots of hydrangeas, for PHP60 per pot with one medium sized bloom each, after some bargaining. I also bought 4 dozen orange roses for PHP200. Total flower expense was roughly PHP560. Back home, I soaked the orange roses for at least 5 hours in cool water, then stripped off almost all the leaves and the thorns. I cut the hydrangeas and soaked them in cool water for 3 hours before arranging them. The plants will survive the beheading and will bloom again in a few months if you are a good gardener.
In simple glass or crystal vases, I placed one or two medium sized heads of hydrangea then filled in the spaces with orange roses cut quite short. The idea was to get a small tight arrangement without many leaves peaking through. These are perfect for table centerpieces and the taller arrangement for a side table. I made three arrangements total. Average cost, just PHP186.66 plus tap water, flower food if you have it, and your own re-usable vases. Now try and beat that at your local flower shop. And if I were a mom, I would be thrilled to receive these on Motherâ€™s Dayâ€¦ If you wanted a bit more flash, make only one larger low lying arrangement, and wrap it all up with lots of waterproof cellophane and papel de japon. Almost the same cost and still impressiveâ€¦ And these are all locally grown flowers and you will help small time vendors in the process. A little beauty need not be outrageously pricedâ€¦