In a Vase on Monday–February 29, 2016

Today’s vase doesn’t exactly fit the criteria; I didn’t grow these flowers or even arrange them.  But yesterday, while volunteering at the Bridal Showcase sponsored by St. Andrews Woman’s Club (a charity event for domestic violence victims and other worthy causes), I was astounded by these multi-colored roses.  The vendor, who markets wedding attire rather than flowers, called them “African tie-dye roses.”


Tie-dye roses?

To be honest, I’m not sure if I was more fascinated or shocked by the gaudy blooms.  After a quick search on the internet, I found this link for making “rainbow roses.”

Have you seen these?  More importantly, what do you think?

To see what other gardeners are offering in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.


25 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday–February 29, 2016

  1. ginny talbert

    Tie-dye roses are an excellent example of “just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should”. Dreadful. That being said, if they make someone happy, who am I to fault them?

  2. Judy Vick

    Personally, I think they’re gaudy and unnatural – why mess with an already beautiful creation ? I grow orchids and also abhor the current trend in dying white Phalaenopsis orchids gaudy shades of blue and bright purple,etc. In an OLLI at Furman class I taught, one woman was distraught to learn her “blue” Phal would not re-bloom in that color but would revert to white !

  3. Cathy

    Much as I would never want to buy or receive flowers coloured in this way it must be the educational instinct in me that appreciates the technique for its ability to demonstrate how plants take up water and nutrients and how these benefit the whole plant. Like Susie, it is something I did myself as a child as well as teaching it to pupils in more recent years – although only with one colour. I have never seen the use of multiple dies, but am fascinated at the result which again is of scientific interest because of how the colours stay distinct in the blooms. So thank you for sharing it – I may try and replicate myself to satisfy my own curiousity although I suspect the dyes have to be quite concentrated to get the full effect

  4. Donna@GardensEyeView

    I’ll be the odd man out and say I love these….I think because of the arrangement and the way it works as a tie-dyed effect. And I love good tie-dye. This is well done, but obviously not for everyone!

  5. Bec

    I don’t like these either – too loud and unnatural. Though the method looks interesting. A florist I know is doing a roaring trade selling these (she doesn’t like them either – says it business). Love bec xx


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