The Cebu “wholesale” flower market has some interesting blooms on offer. Some roses, like these yellow orange ones, are far more “natural” than the greenhouse raised ones you might find in Manila, grown in the North. These yellow orange roses, if left in loose arrangements, open up like you would expect to see in a backyard rose garden. They are smaller blooms, but spectacular nevertheless and they still retain that distinct rose fragrance. We had several dozen leftover blooms and this is the rather unusual arrangement that one of the crew came up with.
In a modern rectangular glass vase, submerge some blue hydrangeas in water. Hydrangeas are notoriously fickle, but really, they are simply notoriously thirsty. Drowning them is a bit of poetic justice. :) Next add the rose blooms by inserting their stems into the thicket of hydrangeas underwater, making sure that the stems remain invisible to the the eye.
A small, tight, neat arrangement with an explosion of color. From above, the hydrangeas are not apparent, instead it is a tightly packed arrangement of small yellow-orange roses. From the side, the color combination seems to work. The arrangement lasted just 2 days or so before the hydrangeas started to look unhappy. This was small enough for a work desk. The next time you arrange flowers, try something new for a change. :)