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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Insanity Continues

Desert Gems?  I've heard of the painted desert but this is ridiculous. 



Maybe a white ceramic pot would help.  

Nope. 

Okay kids, put the crayons away, it's snack time. 


30 comments:

  1. The crayon analogy is a good one because these are toys, not plants, to my mind and eye. Maybe I would not be so offended if they drew people to nature but I doubt that happens. Can you tell I'm coping with the arrival of fall: cranky, cranky.

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    1. Oh fall. If we pretend that it's not happening and winter won't come, we'll feel much better. Denial is a wonderful thing as are antidepressant drugs.

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  2. Haha - you almost took the words right out of my mouth. Except my phrasing and words of choice were more vulgar than yours. As in "What the hell is this? F*^*ng kindergarten?

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    1. Colorful language for colorful plants. It fits!

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  3. So does the fact stupidity like this keeps popping up mean that someone is buying these things?

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    1. I had to beat my way through huge displays of spray painted Calluna vulgaris to get to these so I'm guessing the answer is yes. You see, our plants need to coordinate with the colors of our favorite sports teams or our new neon running shoes. It's a design thing:)

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  4. Oh no, I thought the dyed orchids I saw last year were as bad as you could get. Who buys these things? They shouldn't be allowed out.

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    1. They might be fun for young children but then I might choose a softer plant for that age.

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  5. Were those at Watson's? I was just there yesterday and saw those. I gasped and then choked. So awful.

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  6. Somebody needs a time out to consider what they have against nature and all.

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  7. What's wrong with me -- the most upsetting thing about this is that the colors were not arranged as ROYGBIV.

    p.s. It looks like you bought a purple one Peter. When it shows up in a Monday vase over the winter we'll remember where it came from. :)

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    1. The arrangement is disturbing as it doesn't fit with the rainbow song that I still sing in my head to remember the color order.

      Oh Alan, you caught me. I have spray paint in every other color but purple and thought that it would be cool to paint all of my cacti and succulents for the winter in a rainbow of colors. Now you've gone and spoiled the surprise:)

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    1. Of course! Who wouldn't want such vibrant colors dotting his/her house plant collection?

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  9. Silly ,yeah I guess so. But I do love the colors !

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    1. The colors themselves are wonderful but applied to cacti that are already so interesting is not my favorite thing that horticultural marketers have come up with.

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    1. You mean you don't want me to send you some for winter color in your warm garden?

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  11. Believe it or not, people do buy them. A lot of college kids and other folks who have never thought about having houseplants before. While I personally don't care for them, I do appreciate the fact that these dyed colored cacti are helping get more people into gardening and houseplants.

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    1. People obviously buy them as they appear in box stores frequently and don't stay on the shelves long. You do have a point about them being an entryway drug for houseplant appreciation and maybe even full-blown plant addiction.

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  12. What a relief - I thought you might have started writing about the election.

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    1. OMG! Election by Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey!

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  13. That's not as bad as cutting a dog's ears and tail, because the paint eventually wears off, but it's the same thing: a lack of respect for living creatures as they are. A lack of recognition of a plant as a living thing. Grrr. Where's that bottle of anti-depressant?

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    1. Canine mutilation should be stopped. Remember when they used to dye chicks pastel colors for Easter? We're really a weird little species. Count me in for the Prozac party!

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