Planting fake flowers a blooming trend -

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From the looks of it, Honey Starr is quite the gardener. Splashes of summer color rim the grounds of her Old Westbury home. Full Story
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LIer

Massapequa, NY

#1 Aug 8, 2007
Fake flowers for fake people.
Pathetic!

My gardens a labor of love and is organic.
The flowers planted contribute to the ecological chain of life (pollen for bees and butterfly, nectar for hummingbirds, etc) and also provide my family and I with beautiful cut flowers and food for our table.
The plastic flowers these losers stick in their yards contribute nothing and in fact are made from petroleum so they're helping to damage the environment.
Pitiful.
Gardener

United States

#2 Aug 9, 2007
While I fully understand the reasoning behind the pros to this solution,
here are some cons to consider:
doesn't encourage bees, birds
adds more plastic to the landfill
does nothing for the soil
Island Girl

Orlando, FL

#3 Aug 9, 2007
Didn't I see this on an episode of "I Love Lucy" ??? Except her's were wax and melted.
Pat McCormack

Point Lookout, NY

#4 Aug 9, 2007
Fake flowers, fake eyelashes, fake....
Former Vollie

Hyattsville, MD

#5 Aug 9, 2007
TACKY!!!!
Carol

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Aug 9, 2007
Newsday called this so-called trend shunning convention - its more like shunning good taste.

Sometimes I would see fake flowers fading on someone's property - I always envisioned an elderly recluse as the "gardener" - someone a little off.

This is someone who is concerned only about the "bling" and not about gardening - gross. I would rather see an overgrown garden - and even weeds than fake flowers - I don't personally even like them inside no less outside.
Carol

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Aug 9, 2007
Pat McCormack wrote:
Fake flowers, fake eyelashes, fake....
boobs, fake lips, fake hair color.

This gardener has "the look" - she appears from the photo to have had the works done - nose job, facelift, etc.

Talk about putting yourself into your decor!!
Not A New Idea Down Here

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Aug 9, 2007
The lady I bought my house from four years ago had'em all around the backyard and they really held up to some unpleasant weather, and the deer don't eat'em!
EastEndResident

Port Washington, NY

#9 Aug 9, 2007
Former Vollie wrote:
TACKY!!!!
Couldn't agree with you more! Plastic siding on houses, plastic flowers in the garden, whats next??
Not A New Idea Down Here

Jacksonville, FL

#10 Aug 9, 2007
Carol wrote:
Newsday called this so-called trend shunning convention - its more like shunning good taste.
Sometimes I would see fake flowers fading on someone's property - I always envisioned an elderly recluse as the "gardener" - someone a little off.
This is someone who is concerned only about the "bling" and not about gardening - gross. I would rather see an overgrown garden - and even weeds than fake flowers - I don't personally even like them inside no less outside.
All I know is that it has always been quite frustrating to have done my best to nurture plants only to watch them die anyway, especially after spending hundreds of dollars on them, their food, water and insecticides each spring, whether that be on LI or Jax, FL. Silk stems often cost as much, but there are some very lovely ones. I'm glad the lady I bought my home from here gave me the idea for that alternative, because I'd rather not dig in Jurassic Park here like I used to back home on LI.
Carol

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Aug 9, 2007
Not A New Idea Down Here wrote:
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All I know is that it has always been quite frustrating to have done my best to nurture plants only to watch them die anyway, especially after spending hundreds of dollars on them, their food, water and insecticides each spring, whether that be on LI or Jax, FL. Silk stems often cost as much, but there are some very lovely ones. I'm glad the lady I bought my home from here gave me the idea for that alternative, because I'd rather not dig in Jurassic Park here like I used to back home on LI.
Ok - "to each his own" as the saying goes, but why not a more natural looking rock garden (real rocks of course now) if upkeep is a problem and/or ground covers and succulents that do not require attention?

Anyway - that is what I would do.
To Each His Own

Jacksonville, FL

#12 Aug 9, 2007
Charlie Brown didn't appreciate his rock when he wanted candy,LOL, so I wouldn't be thrilled w/rocks in my garden when expecting colorful splashes of spring ;~) though they can be a nice addition to the flowers. Well, silk's a great idea for folks who simply don't enjoy gardening and BUGS-eek!
Carol wrote:
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Ok - "to each his own" as the saying goes, but why not a more natural looking rock garden (real rocks of course now) if upkeep is a problem and/or ground covers and succulents that do not require attention?
Anyway - that is what I would do.
MLP

Farmingdale, NY

#13 Aug 10, 2007
I've been doing this for years! During the Christmas season I plant poinsettias in large clay pots on my front stoop. They look great, and fooled several of my neighbors. In the cold of winter, I plant silk greens. It's better than looking at empty planters.
bobby

AOL

#14 Aug 11, 2007
really looks great. never know they are not real. I already did five clay pots. good job in old westbury
bobby

AOL

#15 Aug 13, 2007
just picked up the article on the fake flowers. how clever, always pretty. not that difficult. I am all for flowers and greenery. I hope I can do as good as Honey.
gale

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Aug 14, 2007
who are these people judging someone they don't even know. how do you know she is fake. did you actually read the article? this was a labor of love...and everyone shows love differently. maybe it's not your way; but your comments make you smaller than the ants in my garden. you should be ashamed of yourselves...you are the fake people!
gale

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Aug 14, 2007
Carol wrote:
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boobs, fake lips, fake hair color.
This gardener has "the look" - she appears from the photo to have had the works done - nose job, facelift, etc.
Talk about putting yourself into your decor!!
YOU KNOW NOTHING AND YOU NEED GLASSES TOO! SHOW small OF YOU TO JUDGE SOMEONE BY A PHOTO IN A NEWSPAPER! glad i'm not your friend?
Judy from Dix Hills

Hicksville, NY

#18 Aug 15, 2007
these articles and pictures were truly inspiring. it's amazing to see someone literally compost the tragedy of their own life and turn it into beauty. this is the definition of a gardener, in fact. knowing how to use your compost to make beautiful roses.
halley

AOL

#19 Aug 16, 2007
my mom brought this wonderful article to me. with twins and a job who has time for pretty flowers. I did one pot. I think it is brilliant. who would take a chence it would fade? it cost 6 dollars,including a clay pot! thanks for having this article
susan

AOL

#20 Aug 16, 2007
I finally had time to read this, it is the talk of bayville, love, love, love. carol from jameica is ridiculos.

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