Thursday, July 11, 2013

Being Mainstream: Gardening on BuzzFeed

Ornamental horticulture made an appearance on BuzzFeed yesterday with the following article typical of the website's popular list format:

22 Insanely Cool Conversation-Piece Plants For Your Garden

Unfortunately, it does not evince much gardening expertise; from an unawareness that tulips and ornamental alliums are not usually grown from seed by home gardeners but planted as bulbs to some rather misleading statements about the climatic needs of blue passionflower (Passiflora caerulea) and maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and a bizarre identification of bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) as "hanging heart flower", there is plenty that could have used an experienced gardener's editing touch. Even so, I thought this was an interesting piece. It appeared on a website that revolves around trends, pop culture, media developments, progressive activism, and the many wonders and oddities of the internet as a phenomenon itself. The list clearly aims to slot plants and gardening into that spectrum of the hip mainstream. As the title proclaims, these are "insanely cool".

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