Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ecolovies ~ Colored Queen Anne's Lace

Food coloring always seems to end up as a science experiment in my house. It is rare that I actually use it for food, but we use it for science quite a bit.

On our way home from Fort Nisqually last weekend I saw this BEAUTIFUL patch of Queen Anne's Lace by the side of the road. It was late, my kids were tired, but we had to stop and pick some.

Before they went to bed, we colored the water, and set the flowers we had picked into the colored water to see what would happen in the morning...

They look like fireworks to me!

However, this one, picked at the same time the same way died by the morning. I am wondering just how deadly red 40 is at the moment. Makes ya think... huh?

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6 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Hmmm...I think that calls for further study! Kind of scary. But, the dyed flowers turned out lovely.

ColorSlut said...

I love the fluff of them and the colors in the vaces. Great idea!

Silver Sisters said...

That is so strange about the red flower! so Weird!

Petit Design Co. said...

your first picture is so pretty with all the pretty rainbow colored water

B & K said...

Just ran across your blog from another I was visiting... lovely flowers! We used to do stuff like this with my first few kids ~ some how the younger ones seem to miss out on a lot of the fun stuff. :=( Anyway, I was wondering... when you got the flowers home, did you hold the stems in a bucket, pail, or pan of water and cut the ends off again? That keeps the sap from sealing off the ends and then the water can make it up the stems to the top. It helps keep the stems stiff (with 'turgor' pressure ~ a bit of biology terms there (-: ) and the cut flowers live longer. If that wasn't the issue, I can't figure out what went wrong, unless, like you said, the red dye is toxic ~ ugh, what a thought! Blessings, Kay in VA

Ricki said...

Okay, that creeps me out just a wee bit!