Mrs. MM, the Teen, all of the crew, our chocolate labrador and I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!!! I wish we could somehow invite all of you to a collective global holiday eyeball, but the best I can think of right now is to share this massive Christmas floral arrangement with readers from around the world. I think long-time reader Socky summed it up best when she once said something like it has “a heightened sense of the fabulous”… This recycled arrangement surprised even me, and it is rapidly rising up my list of all-time favorites.
If you read this earlier post, you might have recognized the “base” for the arrangement, made up of 6 foot tall curly willow branches, pussywillows and eucaplyptus leaves. I don’t typically make many arrangements with lots of leaves, but when it is something of this scale, sort of “lobby” worthy, you need lots of “fillers” and things to give the arrangement shape… When the flowers of the original arrangement had “passed away” after about 6 days… I thought it might be a good idea to try and recycle the base and do another arrangement in time for Christmas Eve.
It surprised me how the addition of just 3-4 kinds of blooms or berries, to exactly the same base, resulted in a very different arrangement altogether. This one really seems to draw the eye, and if you sit or stand anywhere in the living room, you can’t help but look at it now and again. It almost, just almost, grabs attention away from the Christmas tree.
After an early morning trip to Dimasalang, I ended up adding a few stems of stargazer lilies (the longest I could find) that are white and red or pink. These bring fragrance, height and large blooms to the arrangement.
Though I had NEVER used them before, I decided to get dozens of “gloriosa” lilies, a climbing vine cousin of the more common large lilies I am familiar with. These are elegant, soft, graceful and incredibly well-priced at say PHP12-15 a stem with multiple blooms. But they have this unnerving quality of their leaves and tendrils automatically grabbing onto other leaves and branches, almost as if they were alive. It’s weird and wacky, but the blooms and color are stunning… Add several dozen long-stemmed red roses and it all starts to look so very Christmassy…
We added some hypericum berries in pinkish red, just to add some variety, and all in all, it was an easy, relatively economical way to spruce up a very large arrangement.
It looked good during the daytime, and it looks nice at night, as well.
So another year draws to a close, and it has been a wonderful 7 years maintaining and feeding this blog. I feel I know many of you, but have never even met you. There have been ups and downs this year, but always food, entertaining, produce, kitchen experiments and an occasional rant. I thank you for your continued visits and wonderful comments (not so wonderful ones simply deleted… :) and for being a part of this somewhat bizarre on-line community with friends from around the globe. From our family to yours, a truly Merry Christmas / Maligayang Pasko!