Ilex berries are always a burst of holiday cheer! Their festive red color must brighten many homes in the midst of a very cold winter. When we first moved home to Manila, I used to buy several big branches of ilex berries from an importer at the time. They didn’t seem so pricey then, but maybe it was just because I had only recently gotten off the boat. Today, I find they are exorbitantly priced and are of inferior quality for the most part, so I haven’t indulged. Besides, the berries tend to fall off faster in tropical temperatures, and I wouldn’t want the labrador munching on those…
Another fall or early winter favorite are branches of crab apples. I just took a second look at the photo and am now wondering if these WERE crab apples. Hmmm, they were fruit or berries of some type. We never find these in Manila during the holidays…
More mini-tabletop pine trees. I can’t believe Christmas carols will be playing on Manila radio stations in about 6 weeks!! Yikes!
Hyacinths jus ready to open their blooms.
A wonderful selection of flowers at the Marche des Enfants Rouge in the Marais.
A close up photo of the blooms, and look at those prices, not too bad really.
A pail with ranunculus (upper left hand corner), one of my favorite flowers (along with long-stemmed tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, butterfly orchids, etc.).
One of the lady flower vendors.
Butterfly orchids, probably imported from places far away.
A varied selection of available blooms.
Ready made bouquets for those in a hurry!