LA Flower Mart + Flower Arrangements

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Hellllllllloooo Peeps! And Happy Summer!!! After a month of traveling to my motherland, South Korea, and getting used to the time changes back and forth, enjoying my lazy weekends, etc. etc., I felt the need to be creatively productive again. :) So, yesterday, I visited the LA Flower Mart in Downtown Los Angeles with the intent of getting lots of “cheap” flowers and making several arrangements out of them. Well, I was hoping they were relatively cheap and I could even squeeze in some beautiful peonies into my budget. To my surprise, I actually woke up on my own unusually “early” on a Saturday morning and got ready lightening fast, got in my car and was happily on my way to the flower mart! Aaah, not so fast… The lovely 5 freeway that had an unexpected road closure and everyone was crawling at 3mph. Forget that! So I decided to be brave and go locally the rest of the way, through the daunting streets of South LA…! But it wasn’t so bad after all mostly going through the City of Industry. I just had to pass through a lot of graffitis and bad smelling areas (seriously). And finally, I made it to my destination by 10AM.

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I brought with me $40 in cash (plus an extra $20 JUST IN CASE I might go fLoWeR shopping CrAxY!) I circled around the entire store before making any purchases, checking out everything and comparing prices. All the flowers were so pretty but there weren’t too many vendors selling my beloved peonies. I found one vendor that had these stunning coral ones but they were being sold for $30 for five stems!! WOWZAS…

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I wasn’t about to blow my whole budget on them, so I made one more circle around and slowly started purchasing some other flowers I spotted earlier. Before my visit, I went on Pinterest and discovered the beauty of wildflowers! I totally fell in love with them… There’s just something so romantic about them. And the arrangements can be carefree and still look perfect. So of course, I knew I had to include them on my shopping list: chamomile, spray roses and a bunch of other flowers I know not the names of. I REAALLY tried to stick to my $40 budget….. (heh heh) But I ended up spending the extra cash I brought, ’cause man, flowers add up! Five dollars here and there, two bunches of spray roses for $10, and I ended up getting a bouquet of pink peonies that were $17. They were my most expensive purchase of the day. But I’m so glad I got them!

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Okay, time to create my bouquets! First of all, I had no idea how to arrange flowers. I had tried putting them together many time before. But alas, they ended up looking like sad limply things, flailing around in the vase. Not this time! I watched several videos of this guy, Michael Gaffney and learned how to make full-looking flower bouquets/arrangements the fast and easy way. Watch his videos. They’re pretty good and full of good info! One take-away is to buy some greens along with your flowers, because it’s the greens that help fill the vase and make your arrangement look good. And here it is. My first time trying out the Michael Gaffney way and I think it turned out well!

Michael Gaffney floral arrangement

As for the vase for the wildflowers, I wanted something rustic-looking. I had gotten these mason jars** from Oriental Trading Company a few months ago and a wooden crate (?) from Michaels.

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Together, I knew they were going to be the perfect pairing to make smaller arrangements look like one big statement! Here’s how the idea turned out. What do you think?

Wildflowers in Mason Jars

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The best thing about arranging wildflowers is that there seems to be no rules! You can just put them in the vase however you want and they turn out just fine. :)

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I made a total of four arrangements in different containers. I spent a good three hours working on these and they made me so happy! There is truth in happiness being found in connecting with nature.

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Peonies in vase

I think this is my favorite out of all the arrangements. So simple yet so elegant!
Wildflowers in metal pitcher

How would you feel if this came delivered to your door? It would make this girl smile ear to ear for sure! :) Thanks for reading!

Wildflowers delivery

**I received the mason jars from Oriental Trading Company for this review. All opinions are my own.

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4 Responses to "LA Flower Mart + Flower Arrangements"

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  1. Rachel Chew

    July 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    SUSAN! We’ve missed you! :) These are gorgeous arrangements, and can I say again, you are REALLY creative! And I agree…connecting with nature through flowers can be so rewarding and satisfying! I will have to go with you to the flower mart one of these days….Thanks for sharing these great shots!

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    • Susan

      Susan

      July 1, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Thanks, Rachel, for your kind words! :)

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  2. Mark

    July 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    SUSAN!!!!! So good to hear from you again sister, and to see your floral entry on your blog. It is such a breath of fresh air, just reading how your mind works, seeing your eye for color and arranging, and feeling your happiness flow out of your words and pictures! I knew I missed your blog, but I didn’t realize how much until this latest entry. Very cool pics and ideas about arranging flowers…Rachel and I have been discussing your photos while we are both typing replies to you, and it is clear that you helped us connect to nature, and to God, with your connection to the same. Thanks girl! By the way, one of the things I am being led to do this summer is to finally start my blog. It will be a spiritual discussion on the Bible and issues with our walks….and I’ll see where God takes it, and where it leads. I’ll let you know when it’s up and running, and send you my first entry.

    Thanks again for letting us get a glimpse of your creative soul…it always recharges our batteries and makes us smile! :-)

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    • Susan

      Susan

      July 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Thanks, Mark, for your encouragements! Look forward to reading your blog! Woohoo~!

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