The connection between flowers and fireworks dates back many centuries indeed many of the most popular fireworks such as the Peony, Dahlia and Chrysanthemum are named after flower varieties.
With Bonfire Night just around the corner, we conducted an experiment to see if it were possible to create a real fireworks display using actual flower petals. Here are the explosive results
How Interflora created Flower Fireworks
Working with a pyrotechnics expert and a leading firework manufacturer, Interflora created a unique range
of fireworks that scatter flower petals when they explode, resulting in a spectacular and beautiful display, the likes of which have never been seen before.
This display was unlike any flower arrangement weve ever put together before. explained David Ragg, Head of Product Development at Interflora.
We carefully selected the flowers for best effect, using dried petals from roses, calendula, cornflowers and delphiniums, which coincidently look a lot like a rocket shooting into the sky.
It seems that creating a beautiful fireworks display is not unlike the creation of a floral bouquet. Each needs to be carefully arranged to maximise the visual effect of the individual rockets or flowers. This was possibly one of the most beautiful arrangements weve ever made.
To capture the action a super slow motion camera was used. Filming at a rate of up to 1,600 frames per second, the Phantom HD camera allowed the team of videographers to document each explosion in minute detail. The results can be seen in our breath-taking film.
Did you know?
In fireworks, a sphere of stars appearing inside a bigger sphere is called a Pistil. The pistil is also the name for the central reproductive part of a flower.
Interviews with the Experts
Matthew Tosh, Pyrotechnician and Science Education Specialist
"There has long been a crossover between the names of flowers and firework effects, particularly aerial burst effects such as peony and chrysanthemum. These effects paint vivid flower patterns against the dark sky. Some bursts even mimic the anatomy of a flower with a different coloured pistil. This project almost turns history on its head; with flowers exploding to look like the fireworks that are named after them."
Dr. Simon Werrett, author of Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History
Fireworks and flowers have a long history of associations around the world. In the 1880s, pyro technicians in Britain developed transformation pieces which displayed the shape of a thistle or rose in a fiery outline before transforming into a portrait of a famous person. As early as 1778 a firework display staged in Canada included a grand bouquet of rockets, a term still used today to describe a multitude of rockets bursting in the air in the shape of a bunch of flowers. Mixing flowers and fireworks, it seems, has long been a good idea.
Rob Farrow, Special Projects Director, Alchemy Fireworks
The effects created looked incredible but working with the petals wasnt without a challenge - we couldn't use any launch techniques that were too powerful, otherwise the petals would be ripped apart, and we needed to pack the petals really tightly into the shell (without breaking them!) to get a decent mass and projection from launch.
Did you know?
Shown in Russia and France in the eighteenth century, the palm tree was one of the first coloured fireworks - it was known as a wonder of the age.
Pyrotechnics use the term bouquet to describe a multitude of rockets bursting in the air .
Did you know?
The Japenese concept of Hanabi (ceremonial fireworks) literally translates into Flower Fireworks.
Created especially for Bonfire Night these two-tone roses make a magnificent gift for Autumn that's sure to set their heart ablaze.
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