February’s simple science experiment at Oaklands House was to introduce colour into white flowers by adding food colouring to the water. For our experiment we had four different types of white flowers: Michaelmas Daisies, Dahlias, Lilies and Roses. In order to make the experiment work at its fastest our residents took the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems short. This allowed the coloured water to reach the petals quicker and change the colour. From this we learnt that roses drank more water and that their fine petals were better suited for this experiment.
Our residents liked working with the flowers as this brought back memories of growing and picking flowers in their own garden. They were also astounded of the change in the colour of the petals, all agreed the roses, in particular, looked stunning.