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Is More Better?

Report From PIA – August 5

Now that it is August, and most annuals are fully developed and in flower, we occasionally see planters like the one pictured below. These towers of flowers are made in various ways by those who clearly think that more is more. I think that sometimes more can be ugly…it’s all in how the ingredients are arranged.

To me, these planters look like a blob of color. There is no grace or style here. The shape is clunky, there is no contrasting colors or textures, and even the individual flowers get lost among all of the blossoms.

Elsewhere in life more may not be better. If you’re constantly giving out compliments this praise might mean less, perhaps, than sincere remarks delivered less often. And a pile of the most appealing objects is less attractive than a very few of the same items attractively arranged.

More can be too much.

The flowers are pretty, but the overall shape is clunky and the proportions are wrong, creating an ugly blob of color.

4 Responses to “Is More Better?”

  1. 1
    Meredehuit:

    Here here! I’m totally with you. Why do people let plants behave like that??

  2. 2
    Karla Dalley:

    Wow–that is an abomination of nature! Pretty scary! How much chemical fertilizer did it take to acheive that–because no amount of compost and manure would have allowed that!

  3. 3
    CL Fornari:

    Karla,
    The tower is a structure of trays that the annuals are planted in – or perhaps a tube with holes in it… on the same idea as “green walls” so not so much fertilizer beyond the normal amount that make annuals grow well. Still, not so artfully done…

  4. 4
    Liza and John's Garden:

    CL: That’s prefect, Dont need chemicals to make that happen, just a little planning and guidance from a master Gardener. Compost and Manure will allow that to happen.

    Have a great day,
    john