We were at Ikea as we ran out of candles, and to pick up a few other things at their Marketplace. It’s the place for candles for its sheer variety and reasonable prices.
They must have just received a recent shipment of orchids as the plants section was teeming with them. It was a gorgeous sight. I didn’t pick up any even though I was so tempted. We already have flowers at home. I almost wish we were visiting someone this weekend so I could buy one and bring it as a gift.
Here are just some of the variety available. The big ones cost $16.90 a pot, with one stalk of several flowers. I forgot how much the ones with the small flowers cost.
I decided to grab some orchids I saw while at an NTUC supermarket today, those already packed in small bunches, because they look good and fresh, and they’re purple. When I got home, I found that the ends of the stalks had been individually inserted into tubes of water. I guess this is a new way of packaging flowers. Previously the stalks would be kept hydrated simply with a bit of wet cotton wool that is wrapped around all the ends together. It’s kept wet by being enclosed in a tiny, thin plastic bag and secured with a rubber band.
While a bit fancy and nice to look at, the little purple tube indicates to me the mass production of yet another new plastic item we don’t need. Adding on to the discarded rubbish that we produce, as if our planet is not suffocating enough. How silly. It’s just too much, when you think about it. The bouquet is already wrapped around with plastic, and of course at the cashier you’re offered a plastic bag to put it in to bring home.
I was about to remove the tubes from the stalks when I got the idea to plonk the whole thing into a vase, so that the tubes serve as something decorative. Looks interesting. Good for today, then I’ll have to remove them to get the flowers fresh water tomorrow onwards. I don’t think I can be bothered to carefully and patiently wash the tubes individually then fill it with clean water every single day, for a week or however long the flowers last.
I’ll have to remember to get flowers elsewhere. Hopefully the suppliers of other shops don’t use the tubes. As cute as I think they are (and they’re in my favourite colour!) I don’t want to keep having to throw stuff away unneccessarily. I do love the flowers, though. So pretty. And only $2.50, haha.
For some reason, I just like this arrangement a lot. When I came across it at some hotel, I stood there for a while just looking at it in wonder. I felt a bit like a sucker at first, feeling I’m drawn by some dubious random arty-farty thing. They’re just vases containing two stalks of orchids each, arranged in a certain way. Then I realized they made me think of trees along a sidewalk, and for some reason the thought made me relieved and happy, like it was a eureka moment or something. I still like it a lot.
This is a great idea I saw at Thistle Hotel in Johor Bahru. I’d love to try it but first I need to get some test tubes, which I know is available at Art Friend, the art supplies store. I’ve seen arrangements using test tubes as vases but this one is really interesting and beautiful to me.
The tubes are tied to decorative dried branches or sticks, and each one holds a small bunch of flowers. I don’t know what these green tubes are and where to find them, but no matter as I think regular test tubes made of glass would look better, anyway. I also wouldn’t use those industrial-looking nylon cable ties which to me spoils the look of the arrangement. I would simply use the regular green floral wire, or alternatively, a thin fabric ribbon tied into a simple bow.