18 Feb2014

Glorious Gloriosa…

by Marketman


Extremely economical, yet beautiful to behold. And they last several days in a vase with water changed daily. I featured them once before, here, and used them another time in a Christmas arrangement, here. And when I see them in the flower market (which I only get to 3-4 times a year these days) I usually buy some. They are used here in an arrangement on a side table that is visible from 360 degrees…


I also put a dozen or so stems in individual straight glass vases, and put them down the center of our dining table. They looked good this way as well. At roughly PHP25 or so per stem, these were a real bargain. Too bad not many florists seem to carry the blooms.




  1. marilen says:

    How very lovely is the first photo!! The light, the madonna (is it!??) the painting and the flowers (wish I were tech-savvy and could download the photo (if that were even possible) – beautiful composition, MM. Breath of spring for us here in snowbound ….
    Thank you.

    Feb 18, 2014 | 10:49 pm


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  3. MP says:

    Glorious indeed!

    Feb 18, 2014 | 11:11 pm

  4. millet says:

    so that’s what they’re called. glorious indeed!

    Feb 19, 2014 | 6:55 am

  5. Ley says:

    Hi MM. This is off topic and I am not sure if this was brought up in the past posts. Minutes ago I wandered into the blog of Ms. Montes, daughter of Silly Lolo. In her December 29, 2013 post here https://vmontes.blogspot.com/, she said her father died. I just thought a lot of your readers might want to know:) May his soul rest in peace…

    Feb 19, 2014 | 4:41 pm

  6. scott says:

    so simple..yet elegant, as always MM, beautiful!

    Feb 19, 2014 | 6:44 pm

  7. marilen says:

    Silly Lolo indeed will be missed. May his soul rest in peace. What a ‘beautiful mess’ of varied folks you have joined together in this community, MM.

    Feb 19, 2014 | 11:11 pm

  8. betty q. says:

    Your tatay, Ms. Veronica, will be truly missed! But now, I bet he is the life of the party UP THERE!!!

    Can’t wait to meet him!

    Feb 20, 2014 | 12:13 am

  9. millet says:

    oh. i bet silly lolo is making everyone laugh up there. rest in peace, sillylolo.

    Feb 20, 2014 | 6:51 am

  10. Marketman says:

    Ley, thanks for that. So sad to hear the news. Over the last 9+ years of maintaining this blog, I know of at least 6 readers who have passed away, often with their family members emailing me to let me know, as though I was part of the family… My condolences to the family of Silly Lolo, and yes, as with other commenters, I am sure he is holding sway in the comic relief part of heaven. Hmmm, if a blog year is equivalent to 10 years of real life, this blog it’s nearing it’s century mark, and that may be a good time to slow down…

    Feb 20, 2014 | 9:08 am

  11. Meg Mationg says:

    So sad to hear about Silly Lolo :(

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10:36 am

  12. sonny sj says:

    Rest in peace, Silly Lolo.
    I wonder if we can have his real name so we can offer a prayer or mass for the eternal repose of his soul.

    Feb 20, 2014 | 5:03 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    He passed away April 13, 2013… Ley, you know this was “Silly Lolo” right? Because I never knew his real name… I did some checking on old comments, yes, this could be him, as his email address was “Normie” and the gentleman’s name is Norman. Silly lolo posted his last comment on this blog on August 26, 1010, and he passed away apparently 2.5 years later. Many readers have left comments in the past two years asking about him… I hope he rests in peace.

    Feb 20, 2014 | 9:21 pm

  14. john paul sarabia says:

    mm it’s been like 3 years since the last mm eyeball. we can have the same thing here in Iloilo. we have a different way to cook lechon and of course the lapaz batchoy. I can be one of the core group to organize the event.

    Feb 21, 2014 | 7:18 am

  15. ELLEN says:

    Its my first time to comment on this blog. I am Market Manila’s new lurker : )

    Perfect choice of vase for a beautiful flower MM. I agree with Scott, simple yet elegant.

    Its sad to hear about Silly Lolo’s passing. I have just started reading your old posts one by one , (from August 2007). I cant help but be amused with Silly Lolo’s humor. May he rest in peace.

    Sonny Sj: I just read the link provided by Ley. Norman Delfino Montes is Silly Lolo’s real name.

    Feb 21, 2014 | 7:32 am

  16. Ley says:

    Yes, I am sure MM. Several years ago, Sillly Lolo mentioned about his daughter and her blog. I checked the blog and visited it from time to time. I left a comment in one of her posts about how I “met” her dad on MarketManila.

    Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 am

  17. passive.observer says:

    Dear MM, lovely flowers. but i’ve always wanted to ask about that painting in the background :)

    Feb 22, 2014 | 1:49 pm

  18. Marketman says:

    Passive, Observer, the painting is a Fernando Modesto. He and his wife were good friends (and remain good friends to this day) when we lived in Jakarta, Indonesia in the early 1990’s. We acquired several paintings from him at the time and they are personal favorites. Colorful and lively abstracts in oil and acrylic…

    Feb 22, 2014 | 1:56 pm

  19. Antonette says:

    Hello, MM!
    Just thought this might interest you. Saw a post in FB.

    KILLER KNIFE SKILLS class is happening on Saturday March 1 in Makati!

    Learn proper chopping techniques (such as batonnet, julienne, dice, brunoise, chiffonade, and supreme) and you’ll find yourself spending less time prepping and more time savouring your home cooked meal. You’ll also learn how to care for, sharpen, and hone your knives.

    DATE: Saturday, March 1
    WHEN: morning 10am-1pm OR afternoon 2:30-5:30pm
    WHERE: Salcedo Village, Makati (inquire for exact address)
    CLASS RATE: P1,200 if paid by Thursday by bank deposit to BPI CA # 1760-010231 under the name Kitchen Revolution, P2,500 after Thursday

    To sign up and get more class details, text 0917-894-5086 or email info@kitchenrevolution.ph.

    Feb 22, 2014 | 2:01 pm

  20. Antonette says:

    I remember you mentioning that you’d be interested in enhancing your knife skills. : )

    Feb 22, 2014 | 2:04 pm

  21. Natie says:

    MM, feel really so sad about Silly Lolo.. Because of him and other Seniors here in your blog, I chose to be a Silly Lola as well–to grand kids and all kids I meet. Lord knows this is a more complicated world now.

    MM, yours is by far the best blog, keeping a closed knit net-readership.

    Marilen, i know you are Ilonggo.. Kamusta na ang snow dira?

    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:07 am

  22. chichay says:

    I’ve been looking for vases or test tube like like vases those in your last picture for single stemmed flower or leaves as accents. I wonder if you remember where you boguht it. Thanks. By the way the floral arrangement complements the painting at the background, very nice.:)

    Feb 23, 2014 | 10:05 am

  23. Marketman says:

    Chichay, the vases were from S&R, on sale for say PHP30 each or so, a bargain, so I bought a box of 24. I have been down with the flu for a couple of days, the first time I’ve gotten sick in years, and it’s evil. Hence the relative quiet on the blog…

    Feb 23, 2014 | 1:58 pm

  24. Betchay says:

    Get well soon MM. Our household is just recovering from the flu…must be the weather :(

    Sad to hear about Silly Lolo. May his soul rest in peace.

    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:56 pm

  25. Mari of NY says:

    The flower arrangement is indeed glorious… you always outdo each one.

    Get well soon MM! and condolences to the family of Silly Lolo.

    Feb 25, 2014 | 11:21 am

  26. cucharatenedor says:

    Sorry I didn’t read the comments neither the previous posts (as the answer to my upcoming question could be found there) but where do you find this kind of flower> They look fantastic!

    Feb 26, 2014 | 11:54 am

  27. Marketman says:

    cucharatenedor, got these at the Dangwa/Dimasalang wholesale flower market.

    Feb 27, 2014 | 7:36 am

  28. Babot Joseph says:

    hello MM. i enjoy all your posts since stumbling on it 2 years ago and always look forward to each one. just curious what camera you use, if you don’t mind my asking. you take perfectly lovely shots and use such splendid words for your blogs. thank you for sharing all the tips and great recipes.

    Mar 11, 2014 | 12:26 pm

  29. Marketman says:

    Babot, I use a 2-3 year old Canon EOS600, which most of the time, is on auto focus, auto light settings. I am actually not much of a photographer, and take many shots, hoping something will turn out usable… :) My wife and daughter are much more into photography than I am. Sometimes, I use a point and shoot lumix camera, a fairly new one, and it takes wonderful photos for such a small compact camera.

    Mar 11, 2014 | 1:05 pm


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