Monday, May 14, 2007
The greenhouse is full of flowers - or half grown plants more like in preparation for a wedding. We have been asked to provide the flowers for an Indian wedding that will take place in mid July. Do you know how many flowers are used at an Indian wedding? THOUSANDS. Do you know how important an event this is in Indian culture? BIG. Does this concept worry me? You bet it does.
There are so many variables with growing that one fell swoop of Mother Nature and the bride could be walking up the aisle or whatever she walks up, round or into, with Walmart plastic flowers instead of the real thing. So keep your fingers crossed that all is well. Right now everything is in a commercial sized heated greenhouse, simmering along nicely.
Indian weddings are all about colour with marigolds playing a large role in providing the oranges and yellows. Currently there are 4,000 marigold plants growing, along with countless other varieties of flowers, including hanging begonias which will form centre pieces of floating flowers in special bowls.
Lavish affairs come with a price tag and in this instance money seems to be no object. I would anticipate that this little party will cost in the region of $50,000 all in. Let's hope they don't get divorced six months later...