18 Jul2015


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!



  1. Betchay says:

    Flower power! :)

    Jul 19, 2015 | 3:10 am


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  3. EbbaBlue says:

    Iris, my favorite

    Jul 19, 2015 | 11:21 pm

  4. Thel from Florida says:

    Soooo Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Jul 20, 2015 | 3:19 am

  5. Kasseopeia says:

    Fresh flowers are always a welcome sight.
    Just beautiful!

    Jul 20, 2015 | 1:05 pm

  6. Natie says:

    I love the display at the Le Marche des Enfants Rouge. The food is great too. Thanks to you, MM, my daughter and grand kids came here and enjoyed the market..

    Jul 20, 2015 | 10:41 pm

  7. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Soo Beautiful..

    Jul 21, 2015 | 12:49 pm

  8. Michel says:

    Magandang umaga, Pilipinas! Salamat MM, I speak french. À Genève, Helsinki, Vancouver ou à Sydney le prix d’une rose est de 7 à 14 US$. (In Geneva and other cities the price of one rose is US$7 to US$14.) Qui connait the “Sleepless in Seattle”? En français on dit “Nuits blanches à Seattle” et on pleure chaque fois…

    Jul 28, 2015 | 8:11 pm

  9. Jerald says:

    I love your posts especially the Flowers section. My mom has a mini garden planted with different flowering plants. She especially love orchids. Have you gone to Farmer’s Market Garden? For more varities of plants and flower, you can go to Dangwa in Manila. This blog is awesome! Continue posting more about flowers :)

    May 4, 2016 | 12:54 am


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