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I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 3

And sometimes it’s difficult to say. Love it or hate it?

It’s been a very busy week, which you regular Whole Life Gardening readers have noticed because of the dearth of posts here. I was speaking, traveling, and at New England Grows in Boston. It was a very stimulating, satisfying, useful and exhausting week. I’m glad to be home and back in a normal routine of preparing for GardenLine tomorrow.

One of the regular features on my radio program is “I love this plant/I hate this plant.” The loves far outnumber the hates. As I gather my notes for the morning I keep remembering a group of Phalaenopsis orchids I saw at the Grow show. They were an electric, startling, unsettling blue blue blue. They were dyed and I think I hate them.

Don’t get me wrong…I have nothing against “color enhanced” plants. I love the spray painted, often glittery Poinsettias that are also done up in unbelievable colors for the holidays. I did some color enhancement myself one summer when it occurred to me that the brown Astilbe flowers could be made white again. Let me tell you, they looked fabulous until October.

Still, there is something that is not quite right about these Phalaenopsis. Somehow they don’t cross the line from dyed plant into playful art. Or maybe I’m just not used to them yet. I’ve often said that the plant that I badmouth one month is the one I can’t get enough of the next.

What do you think? Are they fun and fabulous or frightful and foul?

Are they too blue or not blue enough?


9 comments to I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant

  • They are interesting to say the least, but unsettling to
    me, also. Gives me that feeling or reaction I would have
    if I saw blue ROSES!!

  • Deborah, I agree. Did you know that people all over the globe are working on breeding BLUE roses? I think that they ignore the obvious question….do people really want to see a blue rose?

  • Clint

    I have seen all sorts of flowers dyed and enhanced with colors and always wondered, WHY! I guess I’m not a matchy match type of gardener, just a passionate realist I guess.

  • They give me the creeps. The reason they look & feel so ‘wrong’ is that the flower themselves do not like being blue!

  • Kathy – true….they’re blue about being blue!

  • Susan

    How did you color the Astilbe flowers white?

  • Susan – Spray paint!

  • Susan

    I know this isn’t the correct place to leave this – but didn’t now where else to leave it. Have you ever seen the blog or Facebook for Carolyn’s Shade Garden. She is in PA and her pictures and info are really nice – I enjoy it very much – thought you might too in all your free time! Shade gardening is tough for some people but her gardens are lovely. She sells plants also.

  • Susan – I’m not familiar with Carolyn’s Shade Garden. Tell her that she should join the “You Can Grow That!” garden blogger’s group. – she just would write a You Can Grow That! post on the fourth of every month and encourage people to grow in the shade.