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Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-07

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Oh, noes -- it's a rose fail!! Not sure what happened here. Maybe the recent cold snap got to them, just as they were starting to open. Whatever it was, even half-alive, a rose is a rose is a rose. They're just too pretty to put in the compost pile.

Instead of tossing them, I'm going to dry them and keep them for a while. The compost pile is going to have to be patient.

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Submitted by basement angel on

of ladies' petticoats and crinolines. In the case of this beautiful fail, they simply remind me of vintage petticoats and crinolines.

Just gorgeous!

There was a little gift shop in Pasadena, that used to glaze with a tiny paint brush, the petals of dried roses. They were so beautiful with the soft shimmer of glaze. Dream-like.

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Submitted by basement angel on

I've never seen them anywhere else, nor noticed it mentioned in any crafting books. My fingers are way too clumsy for the fine work involved in painting petal by petal so I never explored it.

I just went to search it on Google and wound up on Central America Google. Weird. They didn't seem to have any pages on it though.

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Submitted by twig on

one of those craft stories in Martha Stewart's magazine, that look great when they do it but is really hard to duplicate without a lot of practice/skill/patience.

I know someone, for example, who uses a very tiny, curved brush to paint beautiful little flowers on things with just a couple of brush strokes. She makes it look so easy, but she admitted that it took her a while to get there.

Glazed rose petals sound like one of those things that requires practice to get right, but I can't find anything about it either. And now I really want to know how it's done :-)!!

Submitted by lambert on

... for a couple of reasons: First, it's seasonal. There's a whole cycle starting from seed. So it's a good topic to write about (and closely allied to food preservation). Second, depending on "the language of flowers," the dried flowers might be cross-sold with other products.

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Submitted by twig on

they'll be beautiful now and they'll be beautiful dried. I guess it's only a fail in the sense of failure of the imagination to see beyond conventional expectations.

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Submitted by twig on

so nice on a hot day. My neighbors always have some out, but it never occurred to me that I could make it from my own roses! Yum!!!