Yesterday, you may have seen coverage of the 119th Rose Parade as a part of the Tournament of Roses celebration. This year, the theme was a "Passport to the World's Celebrations." Following is a list of some of the most popular flowers used in creating the floats (via HGTV):
- Rose - of course, about 1.5 million roses were used this year
- Carnation - full, economical, and hardy
- Chrysanthemum - plush and velvety
- Gladiolus - big and dramatic (used to petal* floats)
- Gerbera daisy - unique and fun
- Strawflower - dried and long-lasting (sometimes put in a blender to make confetti)
- Orchid - beautiful and colorful
- Lily - big and showy
- Statice - thin, papery, and comes in a brilliant blue
- Anthurium - interesting and long-lasting
All images from Flickr and linked to authors above.
*One of the techniques used to create the floats includes "petaling" where the designers take individual petals of the flowers to cover a sculpture on the float.
To see some great photos of the floats, check out this website: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~matsci/btf/Rose_Parade.html
In other bowl news - congrats to the Georgia Bulldogs for winning the Sugar Bowl!