Thursday, February 2, 2012

Et tu, Kew?

Are the "Zantedeschias" featured in this post at Talking Plants actually dyed Anthuriums? [Yes. The post has since been corrected to Anthurium. -Mr. S.] And shouldn't the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens know the difference? And why is Kew dyeing/painting plants in the first place? And why am I weeping, piteously, on the floor like a newborn baby?


13 comments:

Kenneth Moore said...

I think the blogger updated the post to reflect your comment. But... Also. Disappointed. Have to say, the paint job is a lot better than I've seen here in DC--but I've stayed out of plant shops for months. Not going cold-turkey, just getting my fix on the street from friends who have the good stuff... Hm. It's not terribly difficult to compare drug addiction to my gardening hobby!

Joseph Tychonievich said...

Oh my... you are right. How very, very sad indeed.

orchideya said...

Yep, i have read somewhere that dye-infused anthuriums were introduced in Europe first, there is a yellow version - Princess Alexia Yellow that was a hit.
Disturbingly sad, but the ball started rolling, there will be not much time before somebody announces yet next victim of comsumer's demand for bright, unusual, "tropical" colors.

The Phytophactor said...

Blue Anthurium! Shocking, unnatural, and just like the blue orchids, creepy. But from Kew! Very shocking! It's enough to make you blue.

Beyond My Garden said...

Please, no dying for me.

Pat said...

If you look at the set-up of the exhibition it is obvious that the plants have been bought in from a commercial producer of houseplants (who cannot spell Oncidium). Kew are merely accessories to the crime. The Dutch are my prime suspects.

Then again, whoever put the publicity for Kew together has used the spellings bromiliad and anthirium, scratching their fingernails down the blackboard of my mind.

Anonymous said...

Pat: Not to mention they acknowledge their debt to "Mr Subjective" for the correction.

Don

Gone Tropical said...

eww! that blue is gross. Just as ugly as the blue Phals ... poor plants, I wonder what they must think (they do think, no?)

mr_subjunctive said...

Don:

The Subjunctive/Subjective thing happens so often that I barely even notice anymore.

Andrea said...

What do you say of the blue Vanda? For me, dyeing flowers is really totally gross too!

mr_subjunctive said...

Andrea:

Blue Vanda? I don't see one on the Talking Plants post.

Paul said...

Kew should have a stern "talk" with the dolts who do their displays.

Pat said...

Food colouring for thought.

Interesting but not pretty in my opinion. I can't remember if either of us mentioned the green carnations of Oscar Wilde.