I was in the flower section of the Carbon market yesterday morning looking for some greens and blooms for a event today. I circled through the market three times and was uninspired until one of the vendors pulled out a humongous, and for me, an unfamiliar bloom, which she called “palaw”. It apparently comes from an almost gabi like plant, which thrives near rivers or wet areas, and the root is apparently edible, though fibrous. Intrigued, I asked how many blooms she had and she pointed to a humongous unopened bundle of 45 blooms, which had arrived just minutes before. A bit of bargaining, and I ended up with the entire bundle for PHP600 or roughly PHP13 (30 U.S. cents) per bloom.
The blooms are hardy, and on closer inspection, possess interesting patterns, colors and textures. It’s nice to find something so common (apparently, though I haven’t seen it before), so economically priced and beautiful to boot.
A low glass vase, a bunch of “horsetail” greens and three palaw blooms resulted in an easy, appealing and incredibly reasonably priced arrangement. NEVER think it ALWAYS costs a lot of money to have flowers/greens for a special or everyday meal.
Total price for a five foot tall arrangement ? PHP90 or $2. Have a bigger budget? You might like this arrangement, instead.