22 Oct2006

Yellow Gerberas

by Marketman


Sometimes the simplest of effort results in something nice and soothing. Take five long stemmed gerbera daisies (PHP12 to 15 pesos each if you buy them wholesale or a little more if you want to get fleeced at Tagaytay roadside stands) and cut them very ger2short and stick in a nice short cup (a yellow glazed Japanese tea cup in this case) generously filled with water. Great for a bedside table, a bathroom counter or even your work desk. Lasts a few days and brightens up the space. I am not fond of mixing too many colors but if that is your thing, you could mix the gerberas up as loudly as you like…they come in several bright shocking colors like purple, red, magenta, white, etc. If you aren’t accustomed to having fresh flowers in the house, try by cutting something from your garden or purchasing a single bloom at the florists. Place it in a small nice glass vase on your desk and occasionally glance at it as you work, do email, etc. Most folks find it has a calming effect…let me know if it pushes you to become a serial axe murderer instead…heehee…I hope you had a good weekend!



  1. Zita says:


    I feel the same way too. Im lucky that I get to buy my flowers at the markets for a cheap price rather than going to a florist. I just trim the stems and put them in my vase and viola instant pick me up. I keep my flowers in the kitchen so I can see it all the time.

    Oct 22, 2006 | 8:57 pm


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  3. Joycelyn says:

    Thank you MM for featuring gerber daisies– they’re my favorite flowers-hence my email addy..

    Btw, I’ve ventured so bravely to the Dimasalang Flower Market last week at 10pm. Flowers galore! It was so alive and there were really pretty interesting people..Thank you for posting about it. We are planning a trip there again for flowers for All Saints’ Day. It’s worth the trip from Cainta..

    Have you ever bought flowers from Waling at the Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City? They also have a good selection. Always a thrill to go inside their cold storage rooms (?). They have the best eucalyptus, always fresh.

    Next on my list is the FTI Market..

    Oct 23, 2006 | 7:52 pm

  4. Marketman says:

    Joycelyn, yes, I have been buying from Waling Waling for 8+ years… very nice.

    Oct 23, 2006 | 9:36 pm

  5. joy says:

    I love flowers too MM. I have this Ugu Bigyan mug in a greenish hue. Once, I placed deep purple malaysian mums, in like fashion as your photo above and…it looked cool.

    Oct 23, 2006 | 9:41 pm

  6. wil-b cariaga says:

    simple, but it really looks pretty. . .

    Oct 24, 2006 | 8:05 am

  7. Toni says:

    This is a great idea! I can put my extra mugs to good use too. :)

    Oct 25, 2006 | 4:31 pm

  8. Toni says:

    And I love gerberas. They’re simple flowers but pretty and bright. No-fuss flowers. :)

    Oct 25, 2006 | 4:32 pm

  9. marta says:

    Your arrangement is really so cheerful! Aside from cooking, my other hobby is plants. Of course, flowers too. They are so soothing and refreshing. My suki’s at FTI (even from their Magallanes days) were so very kind from the very beginning as they patiently answered all my questions and even gave me reading material. As i really got into philodendrons, aroids and ferns, they even helped me find rare plants to add to my collection, as well as direct me to plants shows and lectures. They are all a wonderful bunch, so unselfish with their knowledge and with such enthusiasm. Actually, like you, MM. You love to share your ups and downs in the kitchen and everyday life. Thanks so much!

    Oct 25, 2006 | 6:17 pm

  10. rico says:

    this will give me a good needed perking up at my office station,would you have a suggestion on what to add to the water to make the flowers last longer..they say putting biogesic in the water would do the trick..I haven’t tried it though

    May 7, 2007 | 8:05 pm

  11. Marketman says:

    rico, they sell “plant food” in floral stores. Alternatively, ONE DROP of clorox in about a liter of water helps too…essentially it inhibits bacterial growth, allowing the flowers to last longer. Alternatively some crushed aspirin has been mentioned before…not sure if biogesic has the same impact as plain aspirin…

    May 8, 2007 | 4:41 am


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