tiptoeing through the tulips.

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

well, in this case it’s tulips, but also peonies, dahlias, sunflowers and everything beautiful in-between. i took a trip to san francisco’s wholesale flower mart last week and was overwhelmed with choices! the flower mart is for floral buyers and designers all over the city, but it’s open to the public, too and i go quite often. martha stewart visited on a trip to san francisco recently and said, “it’s the best flower mart in the country!”. the prices are good, and i just wander around like i know what i’m doing — you don’t necessarily have to have a resale license or a flower market badge (which gets you an even greater discount), all are welcome to shop and visit. there’s even a cafe and coffee bar.

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

a little tip for you: there’s some flower vendors back, way back — in the large warehouse on the north side of the market that you might not notice if you don’t go wandering. i suggest heading back there, where the prices are more reasonable. the shops along the main market front (along the parking lot) are fine, too, but in the back is where i find the good stuff, and the bargains. this time i got this massive bunch of pink dahlias for $15, and some sweet peas, and a couple of other wild flowers i’m not sure how to identify, all for $12. they ended up making four bouquets around the house, and because they are the freshest of fresh, they’ve lasted well over a week. i like to get there early for the very freshest flowers. there are flower markets in amsterdam, los angeles, seattle, new york and several other major cities, so check your city, or visit san francisco’s flower mart on your next visit. it smells as good as it looks.

San Francisco Flower Mart
640 Brannan Street
San Francisco • 94107
hours & directions / open 6 days a week / closed on sundays

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

tiptoeing through the tulips | sfgirlbybay

28 Responses to “tiptoeing through the tulips.”
  1. Lucy Chen says:

    OMG! I wish there’s a flower vendor like this in my part of the world – a north shore suburb in Sydney Australia. It’d be my 2nd favorite place in this city, after my local art supplies store.

  2. Catherine says:

    I love the arrangement on your bedroom dresser!

    We have a great one in London, though it can be a little intimidating to go when you don’t know what to expect http://www.catherinesprunt.com/2014/03/buying-flowers-at-new-covent-garden.html

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the tips! Your arrangements are stunning!

  4. Las primeras fotografías son el paraíso

  5. emily says:

    where is the copper vase on your dresser from? Love!

  6. Pamela says:

    Just wondering what time you went to the flower mart? 10am? Or earlier?

  7. Erin says:

    These flowers are absolutely breathtaking. I’m adding this to my list of must visit places when I finally make it to SF!

  8. nancy says:

    V- I am sure you know, but change the water and even a fresh cut and those flowers will last even longer!
    Happy 4th!

  9. rachael says:

    the only way i can describe the first few peonie photos is: lucious. hot damn!

  10. Jola says:

    The round headed flowers are drumstick alliums. The bulbs can be planted in the fall. The spiky pink ones are veronica, I think. Veronica, also called speedwell, is a perennial.

  11. Marlys says:

    I’m obsessed with the teepee/wigwam photo in the last picture! Great post, Victoria!

  12. Megan says:

    Absolutely love the color scheme of your house! So bright and fresh! (And I love the gorgeous flower mart photos!)

  13. christina says:

    Victoria – next time, stop in and say Hi at Farmgirl Flowers! We’re big fans!

  14. Marie says:

    Pink flowers are an instant mood lifter! Thank you for this post, I feel quite inspired to buy some flowers (which I never do)!

  15. Liz says:

    there were peonies there this late in the season!?!
    oh be still my heart, look at the mountains of peonies…

  16. Orna Maymon says:

    I am an event designer in the Bay Area and visiting the flower market every day. The photo you shared are absulotley spectacular! I’m glad to admit that this is my world every day.

  17. Jessa says:

    I really wish I had been a blogger/crafter/lover of anything beautiful and creative when I lived in SF(and not a poor grad student.) I would have spent so many morning at the flower mart. Sigh.

  18. Erin says:

    Fab pics lady! You’re inspiring me to get my butt up and actually get to the flower mart in the morning!!

  19. Filipa says:

    I actually have chills looking at your photographs – those flowers are overwhelmingly beautiful.

    The peonies! I die!

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