I rarely buy lots of flowers for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day anymore. The prices are so absurdly inflated on the few days surrounding those holidays that it seems almost criminal to get caught up in the artificial hype. Just wait a week and see what you can get instead… :) A trip to Dimasalang just 5 days after Mother’s Day yielded this robust bouquet of locally grown hydrangeas or milflores, an unusual find at the tail end of summer. At PHP60 a bloom, the 12 blooms in this plain glass vase were simply beautiful and good value to boot!
The hydrangeas were put on a side table, with another vase nearby filled with dried pussy willow branches, which we kept from this holiday arrangement 5 months ago!
On the dining table, in a massive but equally plain glass vase similar to the one used with the hydrangeas, we massed roughly 10-11 dozen red roses, or about 120-130 blooms. They were incredibly fresh, and we “conditioned” them when they got home, so they opened up nicely and made a great big lush bouquet. At PHP30 per dozen, yes, repeat PHP30 per dozen or roughly 6 U.S. cents per bloom, this was another great value!
Pick the freshest looking blooms at the market. Take them home and immediately fill a huge “balde” or pail with cool water and some “flower food” if you have it. Strip leaves and thorns off the lower parts of the stems, make a fresh diagonal cut per stem and immediately plunge into the water. Let the flowers rest and soak up liquid for several hours before arranging them in their final vase. Believe it or not, you can revive most limp roses or even hydrangeas by placing them in a bathtub or large pail and completely submerging the blooms in cool water or add some ice cubes even. Leave the blooms to soak for 2-3 hours before arranging.
We placed another taller arrangement of about 6 dozen roses on a table just as you enter our home. The blooms were a bit small, but the long stems were unusual and plainly visible with this type of clear glass vase. At around PHP180-200 for this arrangement, it was a steal if you ask me. We had about 4 dozen roses left over, and those were cut and arranged for two dearly departed mothers who are hanging out at their respective “apartments” at a nearby church… Happy Mother’s Day, a week late. :)