Now I'm not going to apologize for what I'm about to reveal, because I'm perfectly comfortable living this way. But gardening purists just might have a critical word about it.
With over 1000 different plants in the ground here at Our Little Acre and more than 175 houseplants (winter population only), it may come as a shock to you that I have a nice little collection of fake plants.
There are some situations where having an artificial plant makes perfect sense. Sometimes it's a matter of "right plant, right place," just as it is in the outside garden.
There are locations in our home where lighting is an issue. The eating area of our kitchen, for example, has no windows. So, in spring, these Narcissus come out of storage and sit on the table until spring has passed.
And then there are the plants that I either don't have access to, or that I have problems growing. Like agaves. Ever since I saw Pam Penick's Whale's Tongue agave on her blog, Digging, I've been nuts for agaves.
Oh, I've tried to find a large one here in northwest Ohio, but they're just not common. Even a smallish one is hard to come by. I finally found one in Toledo, at Hoen's Greenhouse, but it's only about six inches across. Of course, I bought it and I hope it grows well for me when it goes outside this summer, but I wanted one of the BIG ones.
Joe Cooper, Florist, in Waterville, Ohio - an hour north of me - had the answer to my agave lust. No, it doesn't look identical to the real thing, but it's a nice fake and good enough for me. When I came across it on my way to Kate Copsey's house for my radio appearance on her America's Homegrown Veggies show, I snatched it right up.
I even have a fake plant in the conservatory. Up on the shelf sits a red Kalanchoe. Why would I put a fake plant out there? Because I thought it was a beautiful imitation.
There. It's out in the open now. I feel better.