And doesn't the retail sector know it.
During our weekly trip to the local supermarket, I noticed that the flower stand was full of red roses. Huge bunches, little posies and even single stems - red roses galore. Roses are my favourite flower and red is my favourite colour.
Being the frugal Aberdonian that I am (you can take the girl out of Aberdeen, but you can't take Aberdeen out of the girl), I decided that I want a Bunch of Red Roses but not one that's going to cost a fortune and end up in the compost heap in a few weeks' time.
So, time to dig out some yarn and the crochet hook.
I have a favourite crochet rose pattern, designed by Rachel Choi at Crochetspot.com. I discovered it last year, and instantly made loads of the things. However, the heads are rather large and heavy and I was finding it difficult to find a way to attach stems to them. So I came up with a myriad of uses for the heads (Hair decorations, jewellery and even a bowl cover!) but tried and failed to find an effective way of attaching a chenille stem so the flower can stand up on it's own in a vase. I also wasn't so keen on having no green bit that attaches the flower to the stem.
So, after a bit of thought over the weekend I finally managed to find a solution. The rose is crocheted in one piece, essentially a mesh ribbon with a row of scallops on the top, which form the petals when you roll the piece up. By making the first row of the mesh in green yarn, the base of the flower head ends up being green once the rose is rolled. A few stitches later to hold the roll together, you thread a green pipe-cleaner through the top of the green part, fold it in half and twist the two halves together to form the stem. After that, it's a case of sewing the sepal around the top of the stem to tidy it up, and voila, one stemmed rose.
So, here's a bunch of 6 roses put together into a little schnapps glass. If you look at the bloom on the right of the display, you can just about see the green bit at the base of the flower head.
Most importantly, these blooms won't die on me. If they do, there's really no hope for me as a gardener!