Weekly Photo Challenge (Surprise)

First, we learned that roses are red, like from those “Roses are red” love or Valentine poems.

Then we found out they also came in a pure white.

And if we looked around a bit more, we could find them in yellow and pink, too.

I’m sure if we looked harder, like on Google or Wikipedia, we could probably find them in some other colour. But have you ever seen a rose with all the colours of the rainbow?

If not, then have a look!

rainbow rose

I found this rose at the farmers’ market in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, in the summer of 2011. It is a rose not of one colour, but of many colours. Needless to say, I was surprised. Gauging from the people who stopped to have a second look at these roses, whether the people bought the roses or not, they were also surprised to see multi-coloured roses.

And what species or hybrid might this rose be? Well, it’s a typical light coloured rose of some species or another, and not a hybrid. Where it got its colours was having been grown in water coloured with food colouring, changed once every few days. Water is absorbed by the rose to give it life, of course. Food colouring is relatively harmless so it doesn’t kill the rose. However, if you wanted to know the impact water has on the life and structure of a flower, you’re looking at it in this rose! It permeates the rose through and through, and goes to different parts of the rose bit by bit as each part needs it to grow and sustain itself!

I love roses, and prefer white to red, actually. However, this is my favourite rose to this day.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Holidays to those who don’t. I hope wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are able to enjoy some moments of happiness at this time of year. I also wish you many more to come in 2013.

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