Friday, January 04, 2008

Perhaps the ugliest flower ever

I am way overdue for a gardening post. I have received many gardening catalogs, and have been perusing the vegetables, but have not quite gotten to the flowers. Flowers are mainly wishful thinking for me.

But I could not help but comment on THIS:

I love purple coneflowers, in their NATURAL state. I even have one White Swan white coneflower, which is pretty hardy and looks nice surrounded by purple Nicotiana. But THIS??? This is a supposedly "improved" version of coneflower. I say it looks like a non-colored coneflower with a sinus infection. Or bad hair.

Even if I could grow coneflowers around here, save for my White Swan which is doing pretty well in a semi protected area, I would not grow these if you paid me.


e4 said...

Wow, I'll have to agree with you there. That is just Not Right.

Katie said...

It never ceases to amaze me that humans think we can improve on perfection.

MojoMan said...

I have to admire the optimism of someone who studies garden catalogs in Minnesota in early January!

Rurality said...

Ha! I got that catalog too. My thought was, well that's... interesting.

I keep hearing about a white coneflower that has a scent. That's one I'd like to see!

Floridacracker said...

Purple or yellow.

momadness said...

I have lots of the purple cone flower, all of which came from plants my mom grows in her yard. It does amazingly well in these parts. But I do love it to be colorful, the watered-down version is way to weak. The bees got to be able to see it!