These days, we go several weeks without fresh flowers in our home… Perhaps a sign of more frugal times, relatively speaking. We might replace fresh flowers with blooming orchids that last several weeks — phalaenopsis or butterfly orchids if splurging, or more reasonably priced dendrobiums which cost just PHP90-120 a pot at the right sources. But as the holidays draw near, self-control carefully exercised for most of the year, will rapidly give way to the festive season, and fresh and potted plants will re-appear in abundance. And if one has bothered to make a trip to the wholesale flower markets at Dangwa in Sampaloc, Manila, then you might as well buy enough to make your trip worthwhile.
“L”, our in-house florist and MM apprentice for several years (who also does several other jobs in the home), now makes the trip to Dangwa on her own, and knows how to pick the freshest of blooms, not to mention bargain like it’s a matter of life and death. She recently made a trip and returned with a bounty of roses. Some 25+ dozen assorted orange, yellow and red roses. We managed to make 5 “bloom-heavy” arrangements for the house, four arrangements for crypts at a church, and several odd blooms left over.
“L” also pretty much arranged all of the blooms by herself, with little help from MM. My favorite is the tall arrangement of yellow-orange roses. Their long stems forced to fit ramrod straight up in a tall glass vase. The “line” of this arrangement and effusive burst of blooms on top were simply striking.
Another arrangement of yellow roses was placed in a small tan colored hand-made ceramic vase. On a low table near a reading chair, it worked well to brighten up the space.
Finally, two of three similarly sized arrangements that were used for a dinner party. There are 3-4 dozen red roses massed in each vase and they looked and smelled terrific. Total cost for all of these flowers (excluding a commute or car ride to Dangwa)? Just under PHP900 or roughly $22. Not bad, huh?