30 Jan2014

Leafy Inspiration…

by Marketman


It’s been quiet on the blog for more than a week now. I have been crazed with one thing after another. But all of my appointments, obligations, meetings, shoots, etc. are finally over for the near future. So I have to ease back into the blog… with a lighter, leafy post. Over the past few days, I was surfing for some entertaining inspiration and ended up on this rather stunning site for a well-known commercial florist in New York and was amazed by the suspended arrangement of mostly tropical leaves in a very modern setting. Check out their other photos, they are utterly stunning. I headed to the wholesale flower market at Dimasalang this morning and loaded up on lots of greens (which I usually don’t buy much of) and after spending about PHP600, was able to make 4 large arrangements as a “test” for trying to recreate the leafy arrangement in the link above… The mixture of greens, leaf sizes, striations and patterns made for a pretty interesting arrangement… now I just need an appropriate event or opportunity to do this on a monumental scale.


I made a second arrangement with leaves and some unusual blooms and this turned out okay as well. It was rather surprising actually… at say PHP150-200 per arrangement, this was incredibly economical as well.


Another view of the same arrangement, and from across the room at night, it looks deceivingly lush and abundant. Amazing what you can do with a huge bunch of leaves, really. :)



  1. chelly says:

    Green is in! Nice and affordable mr mm

    Jan 30, 2014 | 9:24 pm


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  3. corrine says:

    Hi! I’m also trying my hand in flower arrangement but get my leaves from my garden. How amazing that these leaves can be arranged to produce stunning arrangements. Love the second arrangement too.

    Jan 30, 2014 | 11:01 pm

  4. corrine says:

    MM, did you use floral foam in your leafy arrangement? It’s really nice!

    Jan 30, 2014 | 11:13 pm

  5. Vivienne says:

    Hi Mr MM, nice color palette! You may want to “plant” some of those greens, some could be propagated from cuttings. Would be great to have foliage all year round.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 12:08 am

  6. Epicron says:

    As always, great arrangements MM. But I’d like to put into light the fact that I can still vote in the Polls even if I’d already voted with the same IP address and same PC.

    Was the polls made that way or it’s a glitch?

    Jan 31, 2014 | 2:58 am

  7. kurzhaar says:

    Somewhat related–I was showing your blog to a friend who asked if I knew of reliable floral delivery to Asia (orders from the US for delivery in either Indonesia or the Philippines), which I did not. Any recommendations? I will pass them on.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 5:47 am

  8. Gej says:

    Beautiful! And they last quite long.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 5:50 am

  9. Marketman says:

    Gej, yes, a couple of weeks with some sprucing up and fresh water daily. kurzhaar, I think most florists with tele flora or other global networks will be able to get a bouquet delivered in major Philippine cities through local affiliates. But if your friend(s) want to go direct, Island Rose has on-line ordering facilities, and if they seek much more upscale artisans, two fantastic florists are Mabolo flowers and 517 Flower Company. The latter two have only one shop each and I suspect you can order from abroad if you pre-pay. They might also consider Margarita Fores’ flower shop, Fiore di M, that has some wonderful arrangements as well. They are pricey but do stunning arrangements. Epicron, you shouldn’t be able to do that unless you constantly clear your cache or perhaps the poll is longer than 2 weeks old, will change it now… vivienne, yes, the vellum (large dark green leaves) in particular do well in a home garden, and I’m sure some of the other greens would thrive as well. corrine, no floral foam, just straight into water with “plant food” to keep water clear and leaves happy. This took say 3-4 minutes to make, tops. It looks a bit like a bad hair day, but in person, its rather nice. chelly, yes, affordable indeed.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 7:20 am

  10. greens_blossoms says:

    Thank you, MM for the stunning site….very inspirational ….will like to try that suspended arrangement….and like always your creations are just as stunning too!!!!…arrangement with all greens last longer than with flowers…let me know if you are free on Valentine’s day – will need extra pair of artistic hands like yours :-)

    Jan 31, 2014 | 7:22 am

  11. marilen says:

    We missed your postings, MM.
    Have always been partial to slightly ‘messy’ arrangements, in this instance, love all the greens, the shape of the different leaves, foliage – makes your arrangements more interesting and charming (and pennywise too).

    Jan 31, 2014 | 9:28 am

  12. millet says:

    love that second arrangement! glad to know there are others like me who like leaf arrangements. everytime i prune my garden, i stick the leaves and cuttings onto floral foam inside a bowl or vase with water. some don’t even wilt and go on to sprout new roots.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 9:51 am

  13. kurzhaar says:

    Thanks MM, will pass on the recommendations.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 2:27 pm

  14. Eva Mondragon says:

    Hi MM – You did a great job with these arrangements. When you have that “event”, may I suggest putting river rocks at the bottom of the vase (for clear ones only). I usually put about three or four inches of rocks; it gives that finesse look to the arrangement. For informal events, like kids’ birthday parties, marbles would be a festive substitute. Also, if you put a teaspoon of Clorox in the water, your flowers and greens will last longer without changing the water everyday.

    Jan 31, 2014 | 2:35 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    Eva, yes, the clorox prevents rapid growth of bacteria in the water. Thanks for the tips. kurzhaar, you are welcome. millet, I didn’t used to make many leafy arrangements, but perhaps this recent experience will change things… marilen, yes, the “natural” and “messy” can be charming. greens blossoms, thanks for the photos you sent, they are stunning!

    Jan 31, 2014 | 3:17 pm

  16. kristin says:

    very simple, but pretty! you made me remember my mom’s lush green garden with all the foliage …its a very nice thought considering all is covered in white here :)

    Jan 31, 2014 | 10:49 pm


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