Are dyed flowers an exuberant and kitsch enhancement, or a hideous and abhorrent crime? Here at McQueens: the Blog, no flowery question is out of bounds so don’t shriek at the messenger.
OK, so our official line has been unequivocal and this comes right from the top. Dye and flowers should never come into contact with each other, under any circumstances. ‘To taint the natural beauty of a flower is sacrilege! Would you have such things in your home?’ This was the curt response to the question of the day as McQueens founder and MD Kally Ellis flounced out the office making a mental note to replace the existing social media team as soon as possible. Bile, scorn and doughnuts were thrown, trudging between departments armed with this simple question. So, the motion was unanimous and all in condemnation of such practices and on the whole, the topic was derided and belittled but there was the occasional caveat. We hand over to team McQueens to share their opinions.
‘I don’t like dyed flowers. You are horrible, please leave.’ Caleb Goh, McQueens, corporate events manager
‘No, perish the thought. I hate the idea. Dying flowers is awful and should never be allowed. I would make a rare exception to foliage, there are occasions when foliage can be dyed and the result can look presentable but even then I would much prefer without.’ Alison Lythgo, head events florist
‘You will get the same answer from most florists, we all hate the idea of dyed flowers. A subtle enhancement to adjust the colour of a flower might be permitted in certain circumstances for clients that are extremely particular about colours, but it would have to look natural. Dying flowers dayglo or neon colours is horrible, and such a waste of beautiful flowers.’ Michi Kanatsnig,
‘I am on the ‘keep flowers natural’ side-of-the-fence with this particular argument. I cringe when I see flowers in supermarkets that have been painted in bright lurid colours. It is garish and jarring and would never be for me. However, I noticed on a recent trip to Australia that there were rainbow-dyed roses everywhere as we walked through Sydney. We later found out that these had become a symbol for marriage equality as Australia votes on same sex marriages and this made the flowery statement touching. Rainbow roses are peculiar and fun even if they do hurt your eyes but I would still prefer all my flowers to be ‘au naturelle’!’ Emily Matherson, special events manager
‘Flowers should never be tainted, except when it comes to the festive season when everything is fair game. It’s the only month we put trees in our houses and dress everything with sparkly balls. Christmas is all about fun and celebration so dyed or glittered flowers are OK but only for the sparkly season!’ Francis Rushby, McQueens florist