It’s like, how much more black could this be?


Here’s one I keep falling for- over and over. A plant is sold as "black flowering" and it’s nothing near black in real life. The last one I fell for was this Nasturtium ‘Mahogany Velvet’.

Ok, well. The color they bloomed is a nice deep red- but it’s NOTHING like on the seed package. It’s red, it’s not even brick red, vampire red or even close to the pictured root beer color. Is this my fault for knowing that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is? I guess.
I usually label these sorts of turned-up colors, air brushing and other misleading plant photographs as "hortiporn". It just seems like an accurate label.  Same on them. Who wants to be the Larry Flint of plants? I’ll be in the forum
Oh, and the title is my token refernce to This Is Spinal Tap.

P.S. David St. Hubbins: He died in a bizarre gardening accident…
        Nigel Tufnel: Authorities said… best leave it… unsolved.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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