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Make a Christmas bouquet from your own garden

December 13, 2010

Although professional bouquets are very cheap in Chiang Mai, it could be nice to arrange something from your own garden on the Christmas table or for your friend’s birthday. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, we are fortunate to be able to pick flowers in December. Like with cooking, if the ingredients are of top quality there is not so much to worry about. Usually I try to include at least one interesting leaf variety, in addition to the flowers. The choice of vase is important too, considering height, colours and patterns and the place where it is going to be displayed. An ornamented vase on an ornamented table cloth is not a good choice. Below are some examples for your inspiration.

Pattaramol Seehamongkol, Dokmai Garden’s florist

Here is an arrangement of leaves from the Indian mast tree (Polyalthia longifolia, Annonaceae) and flowers of the native bamboo orchid (Arundina graminifolia, Orchidaceae) and pink torch ginger (Etlingera elatior, Zingiberaceae).

In this arrangement I used leaves of the native golden leaf bauhinia (Bauhinia aureifolia, Fabaceae) and flowers of the South American cup-of-gold (Solandra longiflora, Solanaceae) and coral vine (Antigonon leptopus, Polygonaceae).

This is a small and simple bouquet but still quite striking. Here I collected fragrant and native Gardenia coronaria (Rubiaceae) flowers shielded by a firm and sober background of South American white buttons (Alternanthera dentata, Amaranthaceae) leaves.

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