Spray painting plants? I think NOT.

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Plants To Dye For – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture.

Check out this article above written by The Grumpy Gardener.

I couldn’t agree more.  There is such a thing as “Bling Your Spring“… which I did last spring at the farmer’s market by adding a bit of gems here and there to my containers and pots filled with plants.  But I would NEVER spray paint a plant to sell it – oh gosh.

This process can prohibit the plant’s ability to breath.  Talk about choking off a life.  “Nature lovers don’t want to choke off life – They want to give it life.  They want to honor it.”

The only thing I tried, and this was not remotely close to spray painting a plant, was putting a couple half plastic gems on one succulent’s leaves…and even that made me think, is this right?  Should I try this?  What will it do to the plant?   But ! .., it was a very tough skinned succulent and I used only a few gems.  My temptation allowed this creative experimentation and only on a small scale.  The rest of the bling was on the pots and containers exterior, or dangling from the stem of a plant from twine or string.

BUT spray-painting a plant – oh gosh – it is a crime.  Would you want to be spray painted all over?  With a smelly toxic like substance?  Art should not kill.  I think things like this are tried to create something new – but the science part should be tested out first, that is for sure.  If it was spray paint that helped it grow – well, maybe?  But only under the “do no harm first” policy.

I, too, witnessed some spray painted plants last season.  They (who exactly, I don’t know?) spray painted the victims with “glitter” paint, no less.  The poor plants looked horrible.  Glitter paint is more suited as a herbicide than decor.  The poor plants ended up on the deep discount clearance rack.  And it is no wonder why.  They did not last long and ended up in a mutilated state.  I took a photo, then deleted it later in disgust.  I almost blogged about it.  Glad now to see The Grumpy Gardener did.

Seriously people?  Who allowed this to happen to these plants?  And what was the result?  Death, and perhaps murder.

Some things are just NOT worth trying.

BTW, I don’t really care for the blue orchids – and I hear the blue doesn’t come true on new blooms.  Let’s stick with hybridization.  And let the experts who study botany and horticulture do it.


Coco bowls with bling

Flat Tire Flowerpots

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Flat Tire Flowerpots.

Checkout this link above! Flowerpots made from recycled tire pieces.  How neat. From the site: flattireflowerpots.com.  For $9.99, you can order up a kit for your kid.  This is a great children’s project and educational, and of course, getting junk rubber off the streets is always a good thing for our environment.

A Cathy T Tip: Make sure to use plants that can tolerate heat and stay relatively small. These containers will absorb heat when placed in full sun due to their black color.  I would use small succulents (like Hens n Chicks) or drought tolerant types (like Sedums or Lavenders).  Something (i.e., chemistry?) tells me edibles shouldn’t be placed in this type of material because of its potential heat absorption power.  I’m not sure of the impact of the material’s core content.  Does anything escape in that heating process, who knows?

Small Succulent

Small Succulent