Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! Being in Singapore, there are some parties that went on, but alas, I did not partake. Instead I had a lazy evening with my mom and her delicious cooking and my girlfriend Ali came round. We may or may not have had some wine. What did you guys get up to?
Now, it seems rather silly to even have such a post but flowers and Singapore, well… It can cost you an arm and a leg. At times like this, I do miss the convenience of USA living. Plus the florists scattered around town just all seem to have the same type of bouquets, ie nothing interesting! And going to a florist and picking up a bouquet just isn’t wallet friendly all the time, so what’s a girl to do? If you remember my previous post on peonies, I was saying I was going to hit up the flower market and I finally did! Ok, it wasn’t a flower market per se, but…
There is a stretch of road that houses the florists and nurseries of Singapore. I”m sure there are other locations like this, but this is one is fairly “central”. I thought it was just one place, but I was surprised to see that it was one store after another. And not all of them sell cut flowers, but they all sell plants. One place did sell cut flowers, but it was interesting that they still had a large section of fake flowers. You can also pick up plant food and fertilizers, pots and vases and other types of plant based accessories.
There were rows and rows of different types of plants and flowering plants. Just gorgeous!
And of course you have some fun little cacti and succulents. I picked up a couple of cactuses. I’m very bad at keeping plants alive, so I figured I could probably keep these alive. B says its because I don’t appreciate them, but the problem I have is that they don’t make any noise and I quickly forget to water them, not because I don’t appreciate them. Oops!
And if you need some vegetables or herbs, they have you covered. I picked myself up an aloe vera plant. I figured it would be good to rub on my lovely scar.
The store with cut flowers is separate from the other places. Its actually a bit confusing because you don’t think they have a massive selection. If you take the time out to explore a bit, you’ll realize they have a massive cooled room where all the cut flowers are. I only found this room by accident, initially I went into what seemed like the room with cut flowers only to realize they were all fake! I couldn’t wrap my head around why they had a chilled room filled with fake flowers. And then I found the room with the real flowers. HAHA
In the end, I managed to find some peonies. There weren’t many and the colors were limited, but I was super excited. They weren’t $250, but $21 for 5 flowers. Still pretty punchy, but… And I found the cutest mini pineapples ever! Love at first sight!
Still so in love with the mini pineapples, adds a bit of whimsy to a bouquet! And here’s a little tip in keeping cut flowers alive longer – add a shiny copper penny into the vase! I will definitely be heading up there again, especially since I realized I have a bus that goes straight there from in front of my house! Winning! Do you have a green thumb? Or are you useless like me? 😉
Far East Flora and other florticulture companies can be found around 565 Thomson Road.