Written by Danaé Salazar
Photography: Fabiola Zamora
A little bit of common sense and the urge to do it are the only ingredients needed to place a nice bunch of flowers in a vase. Add curiosity, and the best place to find an amazing combination of flowers and vases is the Jamaica flower market.
This article is about a a variety of flowers. Some, may be a bit exotic, but the truth is, a bunch of flowers only cost about 30 pesos…and they don’t need much care. These flowers and plants are from different origins. So varied, that naming them resembles the chant from which many poems can emerge: siempreviva, also known as ‘the immortal’, has medicinal properties; eryngium is more of a thorny herb, not a flower; the piñanona leaf or Adam’s rib – probably the most withstanding flower in these images – can last up to three weeks with no water; the maraca flower is easily identifiable in the pictures; or the paradise tree flower, similar to tiny tomatoes, brings movement and shape to an arrangement.
Learning the names of flowers can be meaningful, but the most valuable experience is chatting with the merchants. Discover new species and smell the sweetness as they place them into vases. Our next ideas are of other kinds of flowers and plants that, along with a singular vase, offer a different look for your house.
– Search, look, and play; there is an infinite amount of unconventional vases. In the pictures, we used piñata mud bases and antiques from La Lagunilla market – like the pearly white.
– These types of flowers, plants, and branches last more than regular flowers, they are more resistant.
– Some can be left to dry out, after their ‘green lifetime’ is up their dry version look great.
– The average price of each bouquet is 60 pesos at the Jamaica flower market.
– Here some options to find different vases: Onora Casa (Lope de Vega 330, Polanco), Utilitario Mexicano (Marsella 3-A, Juárez), Roma Quince (Medellín 67, Roma Norte) and La Lagunilla market (López Rayón 46, Centro).