Thursday, March 26, 2015

WWTT #20, Oh no! They didn't?!

This moral outrage was spotted in San Diego. Killing time while Andrew finished up in a bookstore I noticed a florist sign down the street a bit, I figured being in extreme Southern California there might be some exciting offerings and walked down to check it out. This is what I found...

Banksia blooms dyed red, blue, green, pink and purple! Or maybe not dyed but dip-painted?

Either way why in the name of all that is holy and sacred would you do that!!! WHY!!!??? (kind of reminds me of the painted succulents that have been spotted at the big-box stores)

As if this isn't already beautiful enough, you have to go and colorize it? So so so wrong.

Oh and if you needed a little filler foliage to go with those colored up banksia flowers how about some silver and gold painted Adenanthos?

How will you decide which to get?


Oh I know, how about going with the actual foliage, which is quite beautiful as-is! What were they thinking?

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17 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Even they are not spared from the 'spray/paint your plant brigade'. Not pretty at all...

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  2. Just weird. To put a positive spin on it, those looking to develop new Banksia cultivars now have a reference as to what color blooms to avoid or focus on, depending on your color preferences. (I'd vote for blue I think) :)

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  3. You'd think that California would have learned their lesson after Ted Turner got so much flack for colorizing classic B&W films. This is just odd!

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  4. They look like Popsicle...you really can't improve on the color nature provides!

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  5. This kind of thing always makes me think of the blue moth orchids. You can see the hole near the base of the flower stem where the blue dye was injected. I feel sorry for the poor saps that manage to rebloom them and are disappointed when they get white flowers. But the colors on those Banksia flowers are even more heinous. Hey, there's a word I don't get to use very often. lol

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  6. I do not want a glimpse into the minds that came up with this. They should, however, be donated to science.

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  7. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Truly unconscionable .

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  8. Why do they do it? Because people will buy them. As cut flowers, it's not my cup of tea but I can't blame a business for trying to make a buck. What gets me is the dyed blue Phalaenopsis orchids, or potted cactus with straw flowers stuck on--those are just plain deceptive.

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    1. Or not? As in hopefully nobody bought them. A trend dead in the water.

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  9. Cannot for the life of me imagine who buys this stuff.

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  10. The banksias look a bit like those dusters you can get. The adenanthos I could understand if it was christmas time (but it'd still be bad). For some reason, I don't think these are as bad as the painted succulents I've seen online.

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    1. True, at least as cut flowers they're already marked for decline and death. Whereas the succulents could have had a long life.

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  11. I hate dyed flowers. They're beautiful without all the adjusting.

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  12. Like putting make-up on a child. But there are those who do that, too. So what do I know?

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