Perhaps for no other reason than to stop greeting card manufacturers using tired old rhymes concerning the colour of roses and violets, Suntory Ltd — with the help of Australian company Florigene — has produced a blue rose. A result that took a staggering 15 years of research to achieve.
As it’s due to go on public display over the weekend (for the first time I think), the blue bloom was shown to the press yesterday.
An event that must have been fascinating to say the least.
Looks purple to me.
It seems close to a light indigo, so I *guess* it could be considered blue…
Yeah, I’m not very convinced it’s blue either.
Perhaps after 15 years they said, “Sod it, that’s near enough.”
it’s green isn’t it?
Jamie Brockington says
More of a violet to me…
Roses are violet?
martin g says
I’ve (un)scientifically analysed the press release pic, and find that has an RGB value of roughly 112, 104, 177 ( i.e. 29% Red, 26% Green, 45% Blue ) – clearly some way away from what might usually be thought of as â€˜Blue’.
Looks nice though.
I agree with Englishman. The word in Japanese for blue (é’ã„) is also used for green.
martin g, good job! 😀
It would look more blue with a “gratuitous image of an attractive young celebrity wearing next to nothing” next to it. But Thank You for the regular posts… makes surfing the net more interesting.
Anonymous Coward says
You know SEX doesn’t always sell…. err… wait, wrong forum.
Fraser from Denmark says
Hmmm not sure this is a first as I am looking at a catalogue from J Parker a UK plant and seed seller that has blue roses for sale at Â£3.95. Looking much more blue than this one…….. But of course it is the first time this particular bloom has been shown.
looks lavendar. or rather, wisteria. but not blue.
it’s really beautiful, or should i say “bluetiful”???