Amazing what a difference a few days makes in the prices of flowers. The day before Valentine’s my suki flower sources were offering local roses at say PHP400-500 per bunch of 20 stems, and they weren’t the finest quality. Other sukis who imported roses from Chile for the holiday were asking a whopping PHP2,100 per DOZEN roses, larger than local, but not large enough for those outrageous prices. So I didn’t buy any roses for Valentine’s, I waited until 5 days later, drove to Dimasalang, and they were practically begging me to buy the loads and loads of flowers in stock. Ten bundles or 200 of the longest stem roses that just arrived minutes before from Baguio were just PHP700 for all of them. Yup, for the price of four Chilean roses less than a week before, I ended up with masses of roses. On the same trip, I also ended up purchasing several stems of Gloriosa lilies, for say PHP30 a stem or so…
…at the beach the next day, we put say 10 stems of gloriosa lilies into a huge laboratory style beaker vase and it looked great in the living room. Visible through the glass doors from several sides of the house, it was a nice way to spruce up the place and it cost such a modest amount to boot. I really like these lilies, and would buy them more often if I chanced upon them at the markets. They last about 4-5 days if well taken care of.
A close-up look at the blooms. The last time I featured this was in a ginormous Christmas arrangement, here.
The roses, despite their wonderful long stems, were cut back and massed in low ceramic jars. We just didn’t seem to have an appropriate set of vases at the beach to keep them at say 3-4 feet in length. We managed to make some arrangements, with perhaps 40-50 blooms each. For less than the price of a large chocolate bar, you could have given your Valentine one of these (excluding the vase which I am assuming you could use some vessel or other from your home) arrangements instead. :)
If cared for properly, meaning they are allowed to drink water for several hours after you get home, then cut back cleanly with a sharp knife, put into water with flower food, and the water changed daily, these roses could survive up to a week in reasonable shape. If you want to save a small fortune, just wait a week after Valentine’s to buy your flowers… Then with the savings, rent a nice hotel room with access to a beach. :)