Here are some not so difficult “do-it -yourself” Mother’s Day flowers that won’t break the bank. Up top some potted amaryllis (in this case happily planted in terra cotta pots) purchased for some PHP110-120 per pot at garden centers, plant shows or weekend markets. Just add some dampened moss to the base, replace the tacky straw with more natural raffia and present one or three or more pots. Total cost PHP150 and up.
Besides pink, the amaryllis come in bright red, white and other color combinations. They should last a week or so from opening and can be replanted in the garden. I like the terra cotta pots because they are heavier, steadier and more natural.
Hydrangeas or milflores, in abundance at weekend markets these days, if you buy in bulk, you might get lucky and get them for PHP80-100 per plant, sometimes with two blooms. Just cut them and put them in lots of water. Colors range from light blue to purple, pinks, magentas, greens, etc. Three large blooms in a simple glass vase is stunning. Total cost PHP250+ and up.
Use single blooms in several vases for an easy dinner table centerpiece.
Snapdragons now grown locally by King Louis Farms, roughly PHP180 for a bunch of 6 or so. Very delicate and soft looking, but surprisingly hardy in our warm weather.
A dozen blooms in a tall vase at PHP300+ and up.
Want to splurge a bit, then give a Marketman favorite, a pot of blooming phalaenopsis or butterfly orchids. If you buy at the weekend markets, expect to pay PHP500-600 for a nice plant with a large bloom. I sometimes score a double stemmed bloom for PHP700-750. Jazzed up a bit at the fancy florists, this can command as much as PHP2,000 on weekends such as this one.
Or if you are lucky like we are at the moment, your garden could be awash in huge blooms from orchids planted over the years after they were enjoyed indoors. If you figure that one pot of butterfly orchids at PHP600 with some care, will bloom another 10 times as many of ours have, then the average cost per bloom is just PHP60+!
If bringing them to your mom, cut several stems and place in a nice small crystal vase. Very Mother’s Day…