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Rainbow roses for Valentine’s Day

Roses which are dyed in such a way that they have petals of different colours have been available for three or four years in London.

According to a report in the Metro of 7 February 2019, such roses will be sold in Morrisons supermarkets from Monday 11 February, in time for Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  ‘The rainbow rose has been created in partnership with the LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity The Albert Kennedy Trust.’  Roses will be on sale at £4 each, and for each one sold Morrisons will donate 40p to the charity.  The article explains that ‘the rainbow is used worldwide to symbolise Pride in the LGBTQ+ community, and according to a Morrsisons’ spokesman, ‘the roses have been designed to celebrate love’.

Image: Harlequin roses, £3.50 each, on sale in Sainsburys, Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth, 11 February 2019.

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