Artificial vs Real Plants

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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Comments (8)

  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.

    August 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm
    • Karen

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

      August 20, 2016 at 6:48 am
  2. Vero

    ? This is so funny !

    August 20, 2016 at 6:20 am
  3. 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.

    August 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm
    • Karen

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

      August 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  4. 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”

    August 23, 2016 at 4:22 am
    • Karen

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

      August 23, 2016 at 6:28 am
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