Wacky Flowers

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(Science-y folks: read the end for a question, please!)

As you may have gathered from the WhyNot-esque photos I’ve been posting, WhyNot has come crazy looking foliage and colorful plants. Inspired by that & the coming of Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a Wacky Flower Wactivity for ya.

This is probably one most of you all know, but hopefully this serves as a nice reminder of how easy and fun it is!

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 1.16.45 PMWhat you need:

~ a few white flowers (we went with a combo of kinds for experimentation’s sake)

~ vases

~ water & food coloring

What to do:

~ fill your vases with water and food coloring, going a bit heavy on the food coloring

~ give your flowers a nice fresh, diagonal cut & pop them in the water

~ watch and wait and wonder!

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Lest you think all our posts about mistake-making was just talk, I’ll admit to a mistake here: I should have started this earlier. Hence, the pictures are only showing faint hints of color. This takes some time! I did start on Monday evening, but Monday morning or even Sunday would have been a better bet, I guess. Oh well – live and learn, right?

But plan accordingly if this is your Valentine’s day project and know that the roses were decidedly the fastest color changers in our bouquet!

A question for your science-types out there, why do the tips/edges of the flowers show the color first? I’d expect it to go from the bottom up, like how it spreads on a paper towel. Please explain if you know!

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