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    Does anyone remember having these as a child? My sister and I were kids in the 70s, and were enchanted by them.

    The sachet was full of tightly rolled colourful bits of paper, which you then dropped into a bowl of water. They then slowly unfurled to make a beautiful floating garden. I have already posted on Yahoo Answers with no luck, and my Mum, my sister and I have been going barmy tonight trying to remember the name, or maybe even find some to buy online.

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    Do you mean like these??


    Thse are been sold on Ebay USA and a slightly older than what you are looking for, but is that the basic idea?
    Last edited by Heather74; 25-11-2008 at 12:19.

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    That does not look liken the ones I remember Heather.
    I used to get these as a child. They sold them in Habitat

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    Were they loose then sixty /Redheaduk ?( rather than on "stems")
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    Quote Originally Posted by huggie74 View Post
    Were they loose then Sixty/Redheaduk?( rather than on "stems")
    Yes they were loose - they're a similar idea to the ones in the pic I guess, but not the same. They came in a sachet and there were lots of them.
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    They were little coils, like those tiny streamers you get in Party poppers

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhead3uk View Post
    Does anyone remember having these as a child? My sister and I were kids in the 70s, and were enchanted by them.

    The sachet was full of tightly rolled colourful bits of paper, which you then dropped into a bowl of water. They then slowly unfurled to make a beautiful floating garden. I have already posted on Yahoo Answers with no luck, and my Mum, my sister and I have been going barmy tonight trying to remember the name, or maybe even find some to buy online.
    hi yes i remember,i have been looking every where for these,my nan used to buy them for my sister and i back in the 70s and 80s,cant find them anywhere if you come across any please please let me know and i will do the same,i keep telling my children about them i think they think im making it up now,thanks for letting me know there are others still out there x jayne

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    I used to get mine from a joke shop. And they sold chinese shells that you dropped into water and after a while they'd open up and paper flowers would float up out of them. Been trying to find them with no success. Anyone know if they're still available?

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    I seem to recall those paper flowers, never bought any though.

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    Never thought I would find anyone who remembered these!

    I used to buy them in a pack of 6 - but they were encased in a real shell! The shell was like a tiny clam shell with a "water flower" inside that floated up when you had soaked it in a tumbler of water - they were sealed with a little band of paper with Chinese writing on!

    I used to buy them from a delightful little shop where you went down a spiral staircase into the cellar and it was in Ipswich, oh the lovely little things you could buy in there in about 1974? Bet no one remembers the shop? Anyone out there from Ipswich?

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