Not so fan­tas­tic plas­tic

Gardeners' World - - We September -

I was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally en­am­oured by some small and re­al­is­tic ar­ti­fi­cial flower bas­kets on sale at my lo­cal gar­den cen­tre and made a hasty de­ci­sion to buy a cou­ple to add in­stant, main­te­nance-free colour to my gar­den. My first re­gret came when I ob­served un­sus­pect­ing bees and other pol­li­nat­ing in­sects land­ing on the colour­ful flow­ers only to be forced to fly off, leav­ing my gar­den in search of the real thing. The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for my guilt was to­tally con­firmed af­ter read­ing Au­gust is­sue’s Tales from Titch­marsh in which Alan (quite rightly) at­tacked the use of plas­tic and pop­u­lar­ity of non-nat­u­ral gar­den ‘plants’. So, I’m proud to say my brief ven­ture into in­tro­duc­ing non-or­ganic things into my gar­den is over. The bas­kets will be re­placed by the real thing and con­signed to the bin (that is the re­cy­cling bin of course).

Richard Stan­ley, York

Do away with the spray

I so agree with Alan ( Tales from Titch­marsh,

Au­gust is­sue) about how gross spray-dyed heathers look. Na­ture gives us a won­der­ful range of colours; why would we want any­thing else? I re­mem­ber when I first saw heathers sprayed a vi­brant, un­nat­u­ral blue at a mar­ket stall I felt it was cru­elty to plants – I can’t even bare to look at them now. I am glad he has voiced this opin­ion – per­haps those who dye plants will re­alise they have no need to.

Sylvia Monk, Hants

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