Thursday, May 17, 2012

Playing With Peonies

Hey everyone! I think it would be fun to have a yellow peony plant but they can be kinda expensive. Since I have white in the garden I thought I'd make yellow... and why not orange and red while I was at it:@)
My little science experiment: In the morning I cut partially opened buds (about 1/4-1/3 open), cut the stem on the diagonal and placed them in water with a lot of food coloring, 20+ drops. 
It was warm out so they completely opened up by the time I got home from work.

And we all know any good science experiment requires a test tube...
I'd like to thank my friend T for this post, not only did she gift me the peony tubers years ago, 
she also gave me the cool vase! Thanks T:@)

PS-In case you're lucky enough to have peonies for Memorial Day-red, white and blue would be fun too.
Have a happy day!

I'm joining Seasonal Sunday and Your Sunday Best

33 comments:

  1. Those are just beautiful and how clever of you to create such wonderful colors!

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  2. Clever Lynn. They are gorgeous.

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  3. What a fun idea! I never knew this about peonies! They really look delicate and lovely in all colors!
    Thanks, Lynn!

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  4. Now that is really cool!!!!! You are one smart lady, those are the prettiest peonies I have ever seen. xo

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  5. Wow, spectacular colors! Your little experiment produced some gorgeous peonies. They are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Neato! Any color your little heart desires. :-)

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  7. "LOVE IT"!!! I have a yellow peony tree(HIGH NOON) on TOP of my PLANT WISH LIST! One day I hope to have it "BUT" this is SO MUCH FUN!!! Thank you for the idea!
    Have a fun week,
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  8. I love how those look and that cute vase is perfect for it!

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  9. What a great idea! I am sure florists must know this trick. Cute vase. xo

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  10. I have seen flowers dyed this way, but since I enjoy peonies, I never thought about dying them at all. However, I love the soft colors of your experiment. You "made" some very lovely flowers Lynn.

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  11. Oh those colors are beautiful. The softenss is gorgeous. I've also heard of using kool-aid for dying-that might work too if they are dipped.
    Ann

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  12. At first I thought you had one of those lovely (and expensive) yellow hydrangeas in your garden. What a great idea. They look completely natural and very beautiful.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  13. What a great idea~ I have lots of white peonies in my garden and would love to try this experiment. They should start blooming any time in the next couple of weeks!

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  14. What a beautiful experiment...I love how colorful they turned out. I miss peonies! I remember them from PA and Ohio, but don't see them here in Texas. :(

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  15. Those are just Heavenly to me. sandie

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  16. That is remarkable. Your experiment really paid off in dividends of beautiful colors.

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  17. Wow...looks like a successful experiment to m e!

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  18. What a cool idea--these are beautiful! I'm good at making *brown* flowers of all types, but it's not from colored water. Visiting from Your Sunday Best...Happy Sunday to you!

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  19. Beautiful colors you have created with your white peonies and test tubes.

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  20. Neat idea!
    Red white and blue would be pretty.
    Pat

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  21. Fantastic post. What a great DIY for Memorial Day!
    Thanks so much for sharing at YSB this week! xoxo

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  22. These are just beautiful, and the photos so great I could nearly smell the peonies

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  23. I have never heard of yellow peonies. I LOVE the pinks. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  24. AMAZING POST:) Your blog is so wonderful and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook??

    If you want some décor inspiration from Sweden, check out my blog:)

    Have an awesome week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

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  25. You are SO smart! I remember doing this with carnations when I was a kid in school but would never have thought of doing it with peonies. I so wish I could grow peonies here. They are heavenly and I pine for them. I was actually checking at Trader Joe's today. No luck. :(

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  26. They look awesome! As I began reading, I thought you were going to tell us you photoshopped the pictures - what you did is even better!
    xo Beth

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