20 Nov2013

Masses of Oncidiums…

by Marketman


A basketful of blooming yellow oncidium orchids. Simple, quick and relatively economical considering they last a week or two. When I am pressed for time and we are entertaining at home, I sometimes purchase plants or orchids at weekend markets while doing the weekly shopping for fruits and vegetables. In this case, I bargained vigorously and purchased 10 small pots of blooming oncidiums for PHP100 each, rushed home and arranged them in a low wide basket, and it was done in a couple of minutes. No fuss at all. A single pot would have been beautiful on its own, but masses of the same flower always make for a special and festive arrangement.



  1. Mimi says:

    My Lola used to grow these! When we were little, there was an orchid growing fad and my grandparents’ garden suddenly shifted from fruit trees to orchids! Lolo never referred to them by scientific names. He called them dancing ladies.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 7:35 am


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  3. bijin says:

    Love it!

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10:21 am

  4. cherryoyvr says:

    How festive! …and great value too since this arrangement will last beyond the holiday season. Please keep those inspiring posts coming.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 11:30 am

  5. jenny says:

    Love the blooms! but i also love the comfy blue sofa, may i know where did you get those?

    Nov 20, 2013 | 1:08 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    jenny, orchids are from Centris Market on Sundays in QC. Couch was purchased second hand. But it has good provenance… a Mark Hampton down-feather filled base, re-upholstered with Manuel Canovas fabric.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 6:42 pm

  7. Gej says:

    Nice basket too!

    Nov 21, 2013 | 8:29 am

  8. marilen says:

    It is so very lovely!!

    Nov 22, 2013 | 12:17 am

  9. Carmina says:

    I wonder how your house looks like. Am quite sure it looks classy but comfy. Is it too much to ask if you feature a photo spread of your abode?

    Nov 27, 2013 | 9:11 pm

  10. Marketman says:

    Carmina, sorry, we try to keep some things semi-private. :) There have been several photos on the blog of the living and dining areas. It’s an old 1950’s bungalow that’s been renovated. Horrible kitchen, that’s why I only feature our beach kitchen… We rent our house, so we haven’t done much to it. Friends say it is quite open, informal and has a view to the gardens… Furniture is a mish-mash of old, new and garage sale purchased. We have never thought to ever engage an interior designer… Otherwise, the home but is nondescript.

    Nov 28, 2013 | 12:42 am

  11. nunosapunso says:

    Hi, Marketman! I’m back in the city of lights and happy that the “side effect” of our intervention there is meeting you in person finally (after years of envying the eyeball events with your blog followers) and finally also getting to taste (and introduce filipino food to colleagues) zubuchon. The MSF hospital project will continue in leyte and samar until the public health system has recovered.

    Thank you.

    (ps. I brought a frozen lechon belly – do I thaw and put in the oven again? – sorry for such a stupid question).

    Dec 12, 2013 | 1:08 pm

  12. nunosapunso says:

    In case you forgot, we met while the gingerbread houses were being installed in the escario branch. Or rather, I imposed myself on you by exclaiming “marketman!” while you were quietly sitting…

    Just to let you know, I was in the same flight from leyte to cebu with Hayden Kho and his team of volunteers, no reaction from me. I saw one of the Tulfo brothers (I guess) in Tanauan ,still no reaction from me.

    I saw you and I got all excited like a kid…I have my priorities right..:-)

    Dec 12, 2013 | 1:11 pm

  13. nunosapunso says:

    and people in the Paris headquarters of MSF have been really nice – asking how was it for me going to my own country for an emergency intervention. Seems the whole house knew I went with the emergency team. (I’m normally in the regular operations).

    Dec 12, 2013 | 1:23 pm

  14. Marketman says:

    Hi nunosapunso, the pleasure was all mine… it’s always nice to run into readers, particularly ones who have been visiting the blog for so many years! As for the frozen lechon belly, it should have come with instructions, if not, I need to “bark” at the crew for omitting them. At any rate, it’s not difficult, just place in your oven at say 375F until heated through. If it’s a whole piece, that may take 30+ minutes, if its chopped up, then less time in the oven is needed. Do you mean to say you brought the lechon to Paris? Yipes, that would be the first time it would have made it to the City of Lights… does customs allow that? :) Thank you for your visit and for MSF volunteers who came and perhaps are still here. I stayed in Escario Central for a couple of nights and noticed they were all there… and each evening plotting the next day’s course of action. Filipinos are so grateful for the help the foreign community has extended… I hope you and your extended family have a wonderful holiday season!

    Dec 12, 2013 | 9:52 pm


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