Artificial vs Real Plants

August 18, 2016

I used to have an exorbitant amount of real plants in my house.  (Green Thumb). I transitioned from real to “silk” when they became popular, and was happy with that change for many years.

When we moved up to the Yosemite area a few years ago, silk plants just looked silly in the house.  With so much natural beauty outside, I opted for more organic designs. Still….. I had one silk plant that I couldn’t toss out with the others.  I’m not sure why.  I just liked it. So I moved it from room to room, and not finding a spot for it; I finally moved it outside. I set it on my potting bench until I could decide what to do with it.  I eventually decided to give it away, and set it down by the porch railing so that I would take it to the “give away” pile when I walked that way.

It’s been very hot here, and we have had to hand-water some of our plants, in addition to letting the sprinkling system water them.  Yesterday I was busy and asked my husband, Rick, if he would hand water for me.  He agreed, and I went back to work.

Within a few minutes, I looked out my office door and saw him faithfully watering the plants…. including the silk plant.

You know, if it looks THAT real, maybe I should move it back inside!


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  1. Carol

    Wish I did have a green thumb. I tried a few silk plants way back in the day and actually enjoyed them but they just are not the same as the real thing. So I tried over and over again to keep a few plants alive and had many talks with them and told them they had to be tough and have a strong will to live because with all my past history told me that they would never make it under my care. Do you know I ended up having a few plants that hung in there and they were so beautiful. My outside flowers just weren’t strong enough to make it and year after year I would try again. Now this was while living in southern Nevada with that extreme heat. I think I drowned them with loving care… I went to a backyard BBQ once and just could not believe how gorgeous everything was with all those beautiful flowers and plants. I was green with envy, and then I found out everything planted and arranged so beautifully were silk plants and flowers. Each year this couple went out and purchased new silk plants and flowers and decorated their yard. I was always tempted to do the same but after checking out what it would cost year after year I had to give up on that idea.

    • Karen

      Well, it’s an ingenious idea, even though expensive! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Joanne K

    I love your story!!

    For those of us who are Vertically Challenged (short), and afraid of heights, Silk plants are a MUST, on top of tall furniture. I have 3 plants that need water, and about 10 that do not. One of my live plants flops down like a dead thing when it is too dry. I water them all, and it stands up tall within the hour. It is a life saver for the others.

    Outdoor plants are totally on their own. I live on the coast of BC, so we do not get much drought. Even in summer they need to have roots deep enough to keep themselves alive.

    • Karen

      LOL! That definitely is a great reminder, Joanne! When one starts wilting, water them all! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. shadowwings4god

    I used to be able to grow beautiful plants but then moved and now can’t grow a single one! I have tried over and over to grow them in this place and no luck at all, even with the tender loving care. Every now and then I purchase a live plant in hopes it will survive but after a few days it too joins the others in plant heaven, if there is such a place. LOL Resigned myself to having silk plants in this place. “sniffle”

    • Karen

      Ahhh.. well, at least you kept trying! Thanks for sharing!

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