A search found yellow and orange mini gerberas - customer liked the photo so step one - ordering the flowers - was done.
Piece of cake, I thought. Nice little project for the week doing my favourite thing - making pomanders with silk flowers.
And then the flowers were delivered.
They were certainly yellow and orange - but neon yellow; glow in the dark yellow.
I mulled over what to do (this is the 'science' part). I remember when I was a little girl, my school uniform required beige socks. My mother had already bought white cotton socks and being a thrifty, sensible woman, she decided to soak my white socks in strong tea. They dutifully turned beige (nothing and nobody disobeyed my mother!)
Results - meh - colour was no longer neon but dingy.
Back to the mulling over......
Step Three.... break out the yellow poster paint ....
Step Four ...... completion
This sunny beauty is on its way to its new home ......