Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there!!! The restaurants, malls, parks, etc. will probably be a nightmare today (particularly after the Pacquiao fight) so we will stay home, turn on an airconditioner in the smallest room in the house, and vegetate all day long… I braved the crowds at the Dangwa flower market last Friday morning at 630am to purchase some blooms, and while extremely well-stocked, I think the prices had risen to almost Valentine’s Day levels. After walking up and down the entire length of the market, I decided to go simple this Mother’s Day, and bought a mass of mini yellow calla lilies.
There was an abundance of these architectural, sculptural, rigid yet fluid blooms in beautiful hues of yellow so I picked out 20, then upped that to 30 and added on another 10. In the West, blooms like these roughly 12-18 inches in length, can run you $5-8 per stem. This bounty of 40 stems would cost you $200-320! Yipes! But at Dangwa, I managed to get them for just PHP25 per stem, without serious haggling. That is roughly $24 or about 1/10th the cost elsewhere on the planet. Back at home, I placed some stems in a medium sized heavy crystal vase, photo up top. With so many blooms left over, we made a second much shorter arrangement (I cut the stems back on purpose) in a baby version of the larger crystal vase.
And there was enough for another arrangement, with all of the longest blooms in the bunch, here photographed on a side table. Mrs. MM knows that I tend to get flowers off-cycle from major holidays like Valentine’s and Mother’s Day, but this year, she got all of these. :) Now let’s hope they stay happy in the sweltering, but I mean sweltering heat.
The day after, I decided to try the flowers in a different vase, because they seemed a bit pedestrian… A simple change in vase and massed to one side and they looked surprisingly new.