I am not usually mean about other people’s flowers, in fact I am a big fan of a lot of unsophisticated, overused flowers- petunias, marigolds.
But I have a new plant that I cannot abide.
Rhodedendrons in sickly purple.
When I was a child, I (actually, my sister) had a box of crayons that had every color imaginable to me at the time and there was one color called “orchid.” I have never seen an orchid that color, but I have seen a million rhododendrons/azaleas (all azaleas are rhododendrons) that color and I hate it. I hate it almost as much as orange mulch.
For the proliferation of these horrible rhodies/azaleas, I don’t entirely blame homeowners- I think that these are usually planted by folks who “want a bit of spring color” in front of their house, so they go to the nearest Menards, Home Depot or Wal-Mart, which often have very good plants, and buy an azalea because it happens to be blooming. And the big plant marketers somewhere have decided that these plants should be a hideous light purple, presumably to catch the shopper’s eye. Clearly their marketing has paid off.
But Why? I have seen thousands of azaleas in my lifetime and there are so many GREAT colors to choose from: red, orange, yellow, pink, white, dark purple- there is NO REASON to choose that god-awful shade of, well, orchid.
So I’ll end with a plea:
Dear plant marketers of the world: STOP WITH THE PURPLE! IT’S HIDEOUS!
Thanks a million,