White peonies are always fun to play with... This time I snipped a couple and tucked them into red and blue water, added a pretty white one for some pictures and ~wa-la~ we have Patriotic Peonies:@) I have a fun test tube vase my friend T gave me, when I add about 15 drops of regular liquid food coloring to the tube it's intense and helps the flowers soak up the color quickly.
How long does it take to color them? Well that depends on a lot of things. I find that flowers about 1/3 open work the best. Cutting the stems short and warmer temperatures-both in the water and air, helps. I cut these flowers off where they met the main stem, that made their stem about 6" long. Brought them into the house and was amazed (and very pleased with) the color in 2 hours, but it was too dark outside for pics. These shots are from the next morning and as you can see, they have pretty much colored through.
I had a little fun with yellow and orange a few years ago HERE.
One note: The thicker food coloring liquids and gels don't work very well, it's best to use the cheaper drip bottles.
My boys are grown and on their own and while the day job puts food on the table, it doesn't feed the soul. So this Philly Girl started Pig In Mud. Please join me as I welcome each season and holiday through brief posts focusing on home cooking, baking and crafts. I hope you'll find this a happy place that provides inspiration:@) Lynn