FLOWERS IN A CAN, GARDENS IN A BOX
A weekend trip to Amsterdam’s flower market revealed Dutch flowers at their most industrial. Particularly fascinating were these tulips in a can (there was also canned cannabis, for connaisseurs). This must be a great way to keep the bulbs cool and fresh until planting season!
Also eye-catching is the Garden in a Box–150 mixed bulbs that promise to turn your back yard into a miniature Keukenhof. Plus, they are a steal at 2 boxes for 10 euros.
I am increasingly attracted to very mixed bouquets, à la Dutch master paintings, but in very bright contemporary colours. In the neighbouring Nine Streets, I came upon Gerda’s flower shop, with this lovely bouquet:
She also had compositions of a fascinating iris, the Catharina, which looks very vampy, and whose pattern and shape remind me of Alexander McQueen’s spring collection inspired by wild animals and insects.