Flower Market Field Trip in the Rain


Oh, what a beautiful day!

  In spite of the often-torrential deluge soaking the Bay Area this week,  my dear friend Kathie and I had a wonderful morning of adventure at the San Francisco Flower Market today. I was shopping for flowers for some huge arrangements I’m doing for an interfaith Easter concert this weekend, and she decided to come along for moral support, design advice, and co-piloting through the rainy traffic.

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Here are some of the sights we saw (next 4 photos):

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Pictured are several varieties of the fabulous and wildly popular ranunculus, along with some dainty little purple scabiosa flowers with a glimpse of purple tulips in the background.

Some of my favorite sights at the market are always the stacks and mounds of first-quality flowers piled in gorgeous groupings on the “SOLD” tables. These special-order flowers are destined for wonderful bouquets that talented floral designers will be creating for specific occasions. I love to see the different color and flower combinations ~ like these that inspired me today:

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Everywhere you turn, there are more beautiful flowers to be discovered, and sometimes I feel literally that my soul cannot absorb one more vision of so much beauty.

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  Here I am with some of my very favorite people ~ 3 of the 7 brothers who own and operate “Brothers Floral” at the market. I’ve been their customer for 40 years, and some of my happiest associations are with them and many more of the good people who have been there as long as I have. They spend their lives providing the freshest and most perfect floral arrays for us lucky buyers to choose from. The whole venture is far more laborious and constantly demanding than most people would dream, but these wonderful people work diligently with big smiles on their faces, and I feel blessed to know and love them all.

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For all the wet weather, much to my relief there was still a whole vast market full of luscious product to choose from. Here are some of the bundles I will be using for my arrangements (next 3 photos) ~ pink leptospermum, leafy curly willow, bells of Ireland, alstroemeria, hydrangea, stock and snapdragons.

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I had been dying to get my hands on some fresh flowers for the last few weeks, and this order popped up just in time to satisfy my craving. I can’t wait to get started, and I will post the results!

5 thoughts on “Flower Market Field Trip in the Rain

  1. Oh I can’t wait to see the arrangements! So so glad you took a photo with 3 of the brothers–that added a whole new dimension to your flower mart trips. I had the pleasure to go there with you many many years ago and I still remember the experience! Love you, Susie


  2. What beautiful photos and flowers. I could almost smell them from my rehab bed. (I had another knee replaced). No flowers blooming yet in Utah and spring is what I miss most about California. I love your blog sweet lady, keep them coming! Diane Skidmore Lund


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