…oh why oh why?

Spotted in Dunnes’ Supermarket last week

13 Comments on “Why?”

  1. Dee
    August 11, 2022 at 7:42 am #

    Those and the sprayed heather’s along with them! Who on earth buys them? Not me 😱

    • thebikinggardener
      August 11, 2022 at 9:05 am #

      I don’t know who buys them but I hope they realise the plants won’t keep on growing like that

  2. Anonymous
    August 11, 2022 at 8:16 am #


  3. picklelily99
    August 11, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

    An abomination!!! And anyone who grows, supplies, or indeed has one in their home, deserves a slap! No sitting on the fence with this one. Same as orchids dyed blue. Or straw flowers glued onto cacti.

  4. summercloud
    August 11, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

    I mean. I guess it’s better than if they were just all plastic? At least the plant and soil will eventually compost… but they are in a plastic pot so that’s bad…

    • thebikinggardener
      August 11, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

      And shipped in a plastic tray with plastic labels and a plastic stick. But, as you say, at least they are not actually plastic. I can’t understand the compulsion to buy plastic, fake plants.

    • Dee
      August 11, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

      Oh, if they look after them they’ll probably survive! Many years ago I bought (for maybe 50p in old money) a tiny ‘christmas’ tree about 4″ high heavily sprayed with white ‘snow’ for decorating the Christmas dinner table. After Christmas I remember scraping a hole in the flowerbed and putting it outside the front door. That must be well over 30 years ago. That tall elegant tree is now an evergreen, twenty foot or more high, lushly leaved and extraordinarily healthy specimen 🤣

  5. tonytomeo
    August 11, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

    Why? because it sells. People buy this junk. It is lucrative.

  6. Meriel
    August 22, 2022 at 1:41 am #

    Oh why? I received one of these as a gift a couple of Christmas ago! However it was sprayed with a white sparkly glue stuff and a fraction less gaudy. I managed to clean a good bit off by leaving it out in the rain and painstakingly picked the last bits off with a tweezers! It remains joining a small succulent collection on a shelf under my glass topped patio table, out all winter too. I’m wondering if it will flower someday! The collection, though nothing special, is much admired – mainly for its location, I think.
    I’m catching up on your recent blogs as I have been so busy with the garden – an unexpected booking my own ( Foxrock) garden club on Wednesday last. Thirty for afternoon tea too! I have had a terribly painful back and leg problem which hasn’t helped and hadn’t been watering at all until about 10 days ago, just about saving the day! My Helianthus ‘ Monarch’ was much admired – I see you have it too. It opened after the watering. Loved that water lily.

    • thebikinggardener
      August 22, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      Well done for rescuing it! Congratulations on the big visit! That is almost commercial catering too. Sorry to hear about your back and leg – that is never nice. My Monarch has spread far less aggressively this year but also flowering at half the usual height in the dry soil, like some others.

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