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Plant abuse !!

For those of you who thought blue Strawberries, Dyed flowers, etc. were the absolute limit...............we can now purchase Glitter Rosesimage

Perfectly decent little potted Rose plants but then Xmas fever took over and the leaves are liberally sprayed with Gold Glitter. I spotted these poor things at a Lidl store today.



  • You haven't seen my rant on the Rezzers thread then Phillipa. Amaryllis bulbs dipped in wax, so they don't have to be potted or watered! What a waste of a beautiful bulb- DIL has bought one and I intend to take it from her and pot it up when all wax has been peeled off!image

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 3,720

    I saw some little potted succulents in a DIY store - they were not only sprayed with glitter, but they were in garish colours like pink, orange and electric blue. Who buys these??! Spray something dead or plastic if you must have glittery stuff, but a living plant!! 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,565

    After Christmas the site will be full of posters asking why the leaves are dropping off their rose plant they had as a present. 

    I hate all that, heathers sprayed orange or electric blue is awful. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,212

    Aunty Rachel - an Indian gardening friend of mine in Brussels bough a shed load of those colour sprayed succulents to decorate her garden for a huge family celebration with rellies from all over the world.  Then she wondered why they died afterwards.  That was a few years ago when she was new i the group.  She knows better now.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 3,720

    Expensive mistake there Obelixx! Bet she still finds glitter in the garden too! 

    I have made an effort to buy cards, decorations etc with NO glitter this year (#blueplanet etc) but once you start looking, you notice everything has glitter - including cakes! Surely any responsible plant-seller would ban the sale of glittered-plants but it seems glitter makes money! 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Scroggin - I would normally agree with you but the Rose plants were, surprisingly,  actually decent plants so not a cover up as such.  Mind you, I doubt they will remain in that state for very longimage I'm not sure which of the big chains are the worst but most certainly seem to lack any interest in keeping their plants looking reasonable for more than a couple of days.  Cheap for them to buy and so not much loss to them unfortunately.

    Linda - no I hadn't seen that - but how appalling - rather like giving birth and wrapping baby in plastic and then congratulating yourself on it never crying or wanting feeding.  The mind bogglesimage

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,904

    "Another horror in the name of Xmas " as Philippa says !

    Xmas is the horror ! All based on a myth .

    Overspending , credit card debt and all the rest . All for what ..........? image Profit !!

    Brought up as a Roman Catholic (no choice) , I managed to rid myself of the brain-virus called religion at about 13 years ; anyone studying Cosmology and Astronomy will no doubt agree !

    Take a look at Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' on YouTube ; as a dedicated atheist (like myself) , he realised that we are totally inconsequential as far as the universe is concerned . We have no need for belief in 'gods' .

    No one would know we have ever existed ;the sheer distance involved to even our closest stellar system (Alpha Centaurii) (50 million million miles), or 4.2 light years  negates this ; all our puerile problems , politics , warfare fade into insignificance when compared to the sheer scale of the universe as we currently understand it .

    Our planet (which we are ruining) orbits a relatively ordinary star in a quiet 'backwater' of our galaxy ; one of probably two-trillion possible solar-systems .

    The prosaic 'twinkling' stars on Xmas cards conjure up a relatively 'romantic' image ;  distantly removed from actual reality .

    Apologies for diverging from the subject of plants , but agree with all the above posts .image

    Incidentally ; Happy Xmas everyone!!!!!!image

  • B3B3 Posts: 15,016

    Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

    Someone else had a similar view to you, Paulimage

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    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,904


    Nice !image

    If you look at the Winter skies at night , to the SW of the three 'belt-stars'of Orion is the almost implausible Rigel . Pretty bright  really .

    The steady 'twinkling' actually is a terrifying powerhouse of three major white 'supergiant' suns orbiting a common centre of gravity of about one thousand million miles apart .. Rigel B is itself a double system , each star emitting around 250,000 times the total energy of our own sun ! Lying at around 1000 light years away it is still a fairly imposing object . (That's around six-thousand million million miles)

    Of course 'god' created this image , take your choice as to which one ; Odin , Ra , Yahweh , Poseidon or  all the other nonsensical creations evoked by an 'ape-descended life-form' as B3 says . They say 'ignorance is bliss '; most people on our planet exist in a placid isle of ignorance anyway , removed from reality by their puerile and futile relationships in their pointless lives .

    FOOTNOTE!!! B3 ; imagine the night skies from a planet orbiting a sun near the galactic centre . Awesome !!

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