07 Mar2012

Two more arrangements used as a dining table centerpiece from a recent haul of flowers from Dimasalang. These mixed roses are usually considered “runts” and undesirable. I find them very natural looking, as though you cut them in your garden or something… So four bunches or roughly 100 blooms were divided into two crystal vases…

…several blooms were excluded, but the final product was incredibly, simple yet luxurious. At PHP50 or so per arrangement, or USD1.10, I thought they were a great bargain. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fresh flowers in your home. :)

Just two weeks ago, many men and some women paid nosebleed sums for roses, up to PHP1,500 for a dozen limp red roses in Makati malls… but today, you could have these two arrangements for just PHP100! Of course, the price of crystal vases is not included. But these would look good in a large glass as well…

So bag “the roses at Valentine’s” tradition and send dozens and dozens of blooms at other times of the year instead!



  1. bakerwannabe says:

    Oh Romeo where art thou. Mine heart throb for thee. I so agree with you MM on Valentine’s day hype. Too commercialized. Everyday should be worked on towards a meaningful and lasting relationship.

    Mar 7, 2012 | 6:18 am


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  3. F says:

    The table the vases are on looks equally stunning. Hope to get a full shot when dinner pics are posted (assuming its a dining table)

    Mar 7, 2012 | 7:23 am

  4. ami says:

    I spy one rose in the last picture with spots in them. Looks pretty cool.

    Mar 7, 2012 | 8:25 am

  5. PITS, MANILA says:

    those are gorgeous, MM. i think you’re a flowerman as well … :)

    Mar 7, 2012 | 8:47 am

  6. pixienixie says:

    Now I wish there’s a nearby wholesale flower market here, too.

    In my opinion these flowers are better than the deep-red ones that are so popular.

    Mar 7, 2012 | 10:30 am

  7. millet says:

    i love the the “imperfectness” of the blooms. and is that an “escritorio” or console table behind the vases? i love how it looks, the dark wood and the antique drawer pulls.

    Mar 7, 2012 | 10:54 am

  8. Sleepless in Seatlle says:

    Spectacular colors on roses,inspired..I am.I should be heading to our local grocers and H&L produce who had a lot of these similar colors of roses,again pix are stunning!!

    Mar 7, 2012 | 11:11 am

  9. jack says:

    you never fails us to amaze with flowers and flower arrangements just as with food and other things related to it :)

    Mar 7, 2012 | 11:40 am

  10. Papa Ethan says:

    One lore that surrounds the origin of the rose is that it was discovered by a roman centurion as a wild bush growing along a road. The centurion was so enamored with it that he ordered his men to obtain some cuttings, and this started its domestic propagation. Consequently some medieval knights emblazoned their shields and banners with a rose symbol. The House of Tudor (the clan of Prince Charles) has the rose as its official heraldic device, i believe. =)

    Mar 7, 2012 | 12:14 pm

  11. Betchay says:

    fantastic simple flower arrangements! I guess you used your DSLR as I can see where you focused the camera…..that area is very sharp and clear while the rest a bit blurry :)

    Mar 7, 2012 | 3:32 pm

  12. kristin-on-kidney-diet says:

    reminds me of ‘my’ roses for this year.. hubby, who is not so great with orders online, mustered the courage and figured out how to order and sent surprise bouquets ‘to make my day’ (been very sick and adjusting to medical treatment) the last couple of months. I simply loved the fusion of marbled and stunning bright colors to brighten up a dreary,cold,grey winters day….and with thoughts from pinas to up here north….isnt that just uplifting? oh yes, it indeed makes up my day! sans needles,grams of pills and thousands of tests…

    Mar 7, 2012 | 4:08 pm

  13. Footloose says:

    Webster gives you three ways to pronounce vase: veys, veyz, vahz. I use vahz if they are cut crystal and french(?) like the two above.

    Papa Ethan, Elizabeth I was the last of the Tudors. The present Prince Charles belongs to the house of Windsor, a very recent vintage as dynastic names go, from 1912 exactly.

    Mar 7, 2012 | 4:28 pm

  14. Kasseopeia says:

    I used to think i was weird to actually prefer these “runts” to the “princesses”. I have always liked variegated anythings (mums, roses, dandelions, even fruits and veggies) and would squeal with delight if presented with a bouquet of these beauties. I find plain red, pink, or yellow roses a bit ho-hum.

    These are really pretty!

    Mar 7, 2012 | 6:50 pm

  15. Papa Ethan says:

    Footloose, thanks for the correction. =)

    Mar 8, 2012 | 12:02 am

  16. Katrina says:

    Really, MM, the multi-colored, mixed-hued roses are considered undesirable?! I’ve always found them much more stunning! I love how it looks as if the tip of each petal was dipped in a contrasting color. The variation in tones and intensity of shades gives the blooms depth and emphasizes the many layers of petals — which is what I like about roses (not usually my favorite of flowers).

    Mar 8, 2012 | 12:53 am

  17. Marketman says:

    Katrina, yes, odd how the mixed hued ones are often considered “second-class” — I too, like the “mutts”… millet, it’s a bamboo cabinet in the background, Chinese, probably early 20th century. F, it’s our dining table, actually two tables put together. Made from old panels from a house, re-purposed as dining tables (were supposed to be our desks, but they wouldn’t fit in a den), the center panels are made tindalo, with this chracteristic sheering effect, and the edges from kamagong, you can get a better view of it from this old post. http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/a-birthday-dinner

    Mar 8, 2012 | 11:03 am

  18. tintin says:

    hi MM! in your earlier post on the flowers you bought, you mentioned about putting them on cold water with flower food (or is it vitamin?), what exactly is that? I also love fresh flowers in the house, but find them expensive so I only use them during Christmas holidays. but reading about your post gave me a very good insight. thanks sir.

    Mar 8, 2012 | 12:23 pm

  19. Marketman says:

    tintin, we use floralife flower food or crystal clear flower food. Here is a link to why folks in the industry or at home use the powder. If you don’t have flower food, you may just want to put a bit of bleach in the water in your vase… that retards bacterial growth in the water. However, bleach and flower food is a no-no in good lead crystal vases or in metals… they can harm them. Some folks use sugar, aspirin, etc. and the floralife folks suggest these don’t work as well as their stuff (of course they would say that), but we have been using flower food for years and it does seem to help… Sister sends industrial sized buckets of the stuff in balikbayan boxes every couple of years or so…

    Mar 9, 2012 | 12:03 pm

  20. Ouen says:

    Wow!!! this is a wonderful idea for a wedding (plan) flower arrangements and bargains. Thank you MM for this exquisite credibility of being an adventurous man and sharing a handful of information for just a few words. Thank you!!! *ciao

    Oct 29, 2012 | 2:17 pm


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