These spider mums are not rare nor are they that expensive. But I love their specific color of green, and the slender petals (ray florets) that hook at the very end. Not to mention the fact that these flowers stood up for almost two weeks against my hot, dry apartment. And they are cheerful - NY has been very gray lately.
Over two years ago Flowers by Philip showed us how mums prefer to have their stems snapped. Since then we've considered them a flower with a strong constitution, and they have always been a long-lasting cut flower in our experience. These were no exception. The stems of Veronica have finally wilted and the evergreen filler is getting a bit brittle. The mums are still good for another day or two.
This week the arrangement was simple, but the evergreen branches filled things out and added interest with their great texture and deep green color. It was not as bold as orange as a contrast, for example, but its deep green color still made the light green mums stand out in a nice way. I'll talk budget a moment because I felt as if this time was a success. I have continued to keep to my $20-$25 budget, but every week it's a challenge. Keeping a smaller vase size helps. Mums were $2.50 per stem (and they are big), evergreen was $7.00 for the bundle and the Veronica were $2.00 per - for a total of $20.50 plus tax. Add to this the fact that I enjoyed these for two weeks and I definitely felt like a smart shopper. But as far as cut flowers go, I always keep in mind that they are fleeting and enjoy them as much and as often as I can from the moment I bring them home. Every day of enjoyment past a few days feels like a bonus.
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