First my apologies that I didn’t to complete Blog-tober. Something which required travel came up unexpectedly and believe me, I’m kicking myself more than you know. Though I’m still away, I felt I needed to make this post and am attempting to do so via mobile phone – thus, the lack of photos and possible abundance of errors.
My flower farming roots began through growing vegetables. The primary importance of growing my own food were growing open-pollinated, non-genetically modified varieties that have been grown for hundreds of years. As someone who began their college career in the Sciences, there’s no doubt that I’m amazed by what can be done using GMO technology and all that jazz. Alas, the possibilities of this are absolutely terrifying once my mind goes running wild. Believe it or not, GMOs are alive and well in cut flower production, as well. Is this any different? Of course, flowers aren’t meant to be eaten – but does this make a difference in terms of whether or not it should even be done? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to know what you think, seriously!
A video popped up this morning in my YouTube subscription list which got me thinking. It was called, “How to Change the Color of Flowers with Paint”. I’ll admit, it immediately made me feel angry. Insanely angry. What’s the point? Why would you take something beautiful and want to spray chemicals all over it? (Did I mention that natural, organic flowers aren’t swimming in chemicals?) One argument in the video is that “Young people love unexpected colors”. Well, I’m not quite over the hill yet – and I would be ready to flip a table if a florist gave me a bouquet of blue spray paint flowers.
I guess my point is that this is an enormous reason why I sincerely believe that locally grown, natural flowers are best. When you go into the grocery store, you’ll see hundreds of flowers that have been intravenously tinted obnoxious colors like bright blue or rainbow. Don’t get me wrong, rainbows are great every once and a while. But, there’s nothing natural about them, and I really think it serves as a huge insult to nature. Fresh flowers are so beautiful, I can’t see them ever being needed to be “covered up”.
Sorry for my rant, but I guess I’ve never been a fan of change. To me, all of these factors just add to the need for the slow flower movement. In my small opinion, locally grown fresh flowers will always be better than anything that’s been massed produced on the other side of the world. In the future, I don’t plan on growing GMO flowers in my garden – and now that I know they’re out there, I’ll definitely be checking my suppliers twice.
PS – The day that I spray paint a flower is the day that I quit farming forever.