Frugal Science


That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.”

-William Shakespeare

IMG_4246.JPGI love these flowers. They are resistant to pests because they are toxic.  If a human eats just one bulb, it could cause a pretty bad tummy ache. They will grow practically anywhere. Did you know that they even come in pink, orange, apricot, and many other colors? I would love a bouquet of apricot and pink to sit on my coffee table. These flowers mean so many things for me.  As soon as I see them, I feel that spring is near. My grandmother showed me this trick, that I’m about to share, when I was a little girl so I also think of her. I was so amazed at how the tiny blue ribbons of color became distributed throughout the flower in such a neat pattern. I’m sure other colors would work just as well but since blue is what my Grandma used, it’s what I always use.

I actually had to steal these flowers from the the local farmer’s market parking lot, so if you don’t hear from me for a few days, I could be in jail😉. I don’t have any left in my yard, due to a recent temperature drop, so I was forced to be a criminal. The worse part is, I let my kids help me. You see, I had to get them all in the name of frugality because pretty soon, all these flowers will be gone and you will have to wait until next year to try this fun trick with your family. So, yes, I am a bad mom.



Simply fill a jar with water and add a few drops of food color of your choice. A color that is completely opposite of the color of flower, produces the best result.

And then we wait….

IMG_4272I picked them in the afternoon and had a little blue color the following morning! I timed the process so I could tell you exactly how long it takes. Kids(and some adults) can be impatient, sometimes😉.  It still amazes me..every.time. If you want to see your color faster, snip the stems right before placing in the colored water so they have a fresh end and make your stem a little shorter,  so the color doesn’t have as far to travel.

This is a good way to teach kids a science lesson and cost hardly anything to do. Except maybe in my case..I taught my kids to steal and, if caught, I could pay a hefty fine🙄.

This trick will work with all kinds of flowers. If you try it, let me know what you try and which you liked best.

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