a bouquet of tulips

Dearest ______,

If I made a coffee table book compiling my recent forays into floristry, it would probably look like this:

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I went back to one of the flower markets across the office for my friend Angel’s birthday. I wanted to gift her a bouquet of flowers (an excuse to dabble) and asked her hubby what her favorite was.

He said, “Tulips!”

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I checked online for ideas on arrangement and cost. The meh tulip bouquets I found in different sites cost around 100 to 120 dollars. Crazy.

Doing it myself, I spent 1/5 of the professionals’ fee and even took away a quiet sense of pride one gets when doing something using sheer instinct and a happy pair of hands.

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After deciding on a bunch of plain white tulips (I knew that my friend liked bold colors- her wedding motif was red, black, and white), I immediately went around looking for elements with more texture.

I’m not much of a tulip fan, honestly. I find them rather clinical and stiff. For my friend’s bouquet, I felt that adding different species would lend romance to an otherwise asexual- looking plant.

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The red dots looked kind of fun, but they were a little too playful/ experimental for my friend’s taste.

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I actually didn’t mind the minty evergreen leaves with the tulips, but felt that it belonged more to a gallery opening/ cocktail lounge with tea candles and white wine…

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Same with the tiny balls that looked too modern.

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Nothing reeks of romance more than roses. I’ve actually seen arrangements online that combine tulips with these in different shades. In real life, I didn’t like how they looked too similar though. I wanted the tulips to pop, obviously.

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The baby’s breath and tulips looked very dainty together. But they reminded me too much of a wedding bouquet. It must be the whole “unbearable whiteness of being”.

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I finally decided on getting a bunch of random winter- looking flowers. Somehow I kept coming back to them because they had just the right amount of character and chic.

I kind of fell in love with the outcome. It looked organic enough for my taste (although God knows how much effort it takes to look effortless, haha).

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I hope my friend liked it as much though. Apparently, her favorite blooms are White Lilies! Haha!

The funniest thing is, I’ve always, always, pegged her for a white lily kind of girl. Way to go, instinct!

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Love,

Karlita

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3 comments

  1. Angel Tiong-Cacho

    hahaha! i did like the bouquet and love the fact that it brings (it’s still thriving in our tiny vase) an organic spirit into our otherwise hotel-like studio apartment. 😛

    ❤ the effort and the arrangement. 🙂

  2. Pingback: a christmassy bouquet | love,karlita

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