Admittedly, it gets a little old to give the same red roses year after year. Which is why I think what FTD is selling is nothing short of brilliant.
Some people call them “Rainbow Roses”, some call them “Tie-Dye Roses”, some call them just “Dyed Roses”. The Red, White and Blue roses you see in the picture are a great example, but you can literally find them in any color of the rainbow (just visit their site and look for “Rainbow Roses” under the “Flowers” top navigation).
At first I thought these were dyed in the traditional hand-dipped way, which usually yields results that are messy or spotty. It turns out this is a patented process, pioneered by a flower grower in Denmark named Peter van de Werken, which yields perfect, solid-color petals. The process starts by taking a solid white rose and then putting the stalks in dyes that are extracted from natural plant extracts. A special process controls how much color reaches each petal through the stalk. Amazingly it’s possible to make each petal a different color in this way.
What I like about this process is that it’s completely natural–it doesn’t use chemical coloring or artificial means. The end product is one that’s beautiful and even safe enough for kitty to munch on (although I still wouldn’t recommend it).
For Veteran’s Day, FTD is Proud to Donate 5% of Sales to the USO!. Buy these beautiful patriotic roses for the Veteran in your life to tell them how much their service means to all of us.