FALSE Advertising The Big Fake Boobies of the Flower Industry

Do you ever wonder why your flowers never quite look the same as those in magazines or sales flyers?  It’s because it’s pretty much impossible! Many popular companies show fine examples of unattainable flowery goals.   The sales binders of their products contain ridiculous expectations for potted annuals and are quite typically shown with other annuals that don’t even flower at the same time or in the same zone, unless of course they were grown in a green house.

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Osteospermum & Pansiola (a flower not released to the market yet)

I bet you thought that the flower industry was immune from such betrayals, but they’re not.  That’s how they get us excited at the prospect of what we could have (and have so much bigger) if we only just purchased flowers from them.

Just like the beauty magazines, don’t compare your flowers in the mirror to the flowers in an ad.

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My little pansies in a pot with pink impatiens

Be realistic, fertilize like mad (maybe with some compost tea?) and have fun!





17 Comments Add yours

  1. wegroroses says:

    Yours are much prettier!!

  2. Interesting topic because the ads certainly do cause your pulse to quicken and your wallet to open. Container gardening is a type of gardening all its own because of how quickly they dry out and for sure how much fertilizer and what type will keep them going. And, for heavens sake, don’t go on vacation and leave them uncared for.🙂

    1. No kidding, I don’t even do hanging baskets anymore for exactly that reason!

  3. Cathy says:

    You have made a good point. My flowers are often nibbled at by insects or slugs, singed by the sun, or just a little untidy – but still beautiful!

    1. Of course! The perfection would be blinding otherwise wouldn’t it?🙂

  4. Typical! Home-grown flowers are great, whatever🙂

    Can smell your pansies from here!

    1. Typical indeed. Maybe even flowers in a magazine get photoshopped. I wouldn’t doubt it!

  5. Chris says:

    I was just thinking, our store bought black eyed susan’s are doing okay in year two but not gang busters. Meanwhile the wildflower black eyed susan’s and sun flowers, grown from sown seeds, look great – like a magazine.

    1. Interesting!! The ones started from seed probably never had to deal with the undue stresses of the greenhouse.

    1. Can’t really blame them, but it’s kind of cruel.

  6. Chloris says:

    Great title for your post. It’ s so true though, specially in those free catalogues that drop out of gardening magazines. Amazing size and colours of plants that bear little resemblance to the actual thing.

    1. That’s how we get over energized for spring! Lol. Sneaky marketing!

  7. An essential point that gardeners need to keep in mind. Also a little nibbling on the plants here and there is really a sign of a healthy garden. If the leaves are all perfect, the garden is not a healthy habitat. Thank you for speaking out against the fake boobies of horticulture!

    1. haha, well I guess I should WANT bugs then. That’s a new one!!🙂 Thanks Jason!

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