WARNING : I was one of the first to write about King Louis, but I regret to take back everything positive I have written about this company in the past, as three separate horrible service interactions with them in recent years leaves me to conclude they are unprofessional, unreliable, unethical and unwilling to service customers fairly and logically. I WILL NEVER PATRONIZE THIS COMPANY OR ANY OF ITS PRODUCTS AGAIN UNLESS THEY HAVE A COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF MANAGEMENT, STAFF AND SYSTEMS.
I am so happy that these brightly colored calla lily hybrids are now being raised in the Philippines and their prices are slowly dropping to realistic levels. I got these from King Louis farms at their wholesale pick-up point at the Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City the other day for a reception at the Beacon Academy. But after the event was over, we took home the flowers and recycled them for a home arrangement later the same day.
It wasn’t my original intention to use calla lilies, but they didn’t have enough white lilies so I took all of the colored callas they had left. Production is still erratic, and flowers were barely sorted by size and color, so the net effect was as though one went to their prolific backyard flower garden and picked several dozen blooms in a range of colors from yellow to purple.
I think they look best on their own, in simple glass vases with clean water. They are rather sturdy flowers, and are fine out of water for several hours, so you can experiment with arrangements that arerather unusual. Turning them upside down is something that published florist Jeff Leatham of Four Seasons fame seems to have trademarked… The callas looked terrific on our coffee table, with an equally bright painting by a friend in the background.
Earlier the same day, the flowers were put near a buffet in a large institutional school lobby and they kind of got swallowed up. They were a nice burst of color, but not quite the effect I had hoped for. Oh well. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. But you won’t know if you don’t try it. :)
As for the mystery of mangosteens with different densities and floating or sinking propensities, I have no clue what the answer is but they make for great conversation starters when you ask someone “why do you think some mangosteens sink while others float?” — air inside the fruit? ripeness? density? worms? …