We often speak of our goal of natural realism and of how nature influences our design process. We receive feedback from many of our clients which substantiates our message. We get a real kick from some of the stories as they are rather amusing. The most common seem to involve a house-sitting friend or family member who watered the silk plants. Others relate how a good-intentioned housekeeper added water to a vase of our silk flowers containing crystal clear acrylic water. While these stories can be funny, we’re no longer surprised by them.
However, we are surprised and delighted by stories involving animals. One of our earliest animal experiences occurred on a photo shoot. The photographer was running behind with his previous appointment. He was photographing golden retrievers for a dog food advertisement. One of the dogs seemed to be distracted by our trees and floral arrangements, which were already staged in the studio, just off set. The trainer decided that it must be time for a break when the dog bolted toward our trees. (No, fortunately, it wasn’t what you’re thinking.) The big guy was just thirsty from working under the hot lights and tried to drink the acrylic water from the bowl of one of our silk flower arrangements.
One client, while sipping his morning coffee, watched a hummingbird hover for quite a long time right outside his kitchen window. Apparently, the persistent little fellow was mesmerized by our red silk impatiens plant on the inside windowsill. He just couldn’t figure out how to get to it.
The Weirdest Story We Have Ever Heard
After cleaning one of our ficus trees as described in an earlier blog, “How to Clean Really Dirty Silk Trees and Silk Plants”, a client placed her ficus tree in the shade to dry. She forgot about it until the next morning. It must have blown over during the night because she found it laid flat on the lawn. As she carried it back into the house she noticed something weird on one of the leaves. She sent us these two amazing photos. Apparently, one of the many stink bugs which were ravishing her vegetable garden ventured out into the grass. This rather confused little “stinker” decided the underside of a silk ficus leaf was an ideal place to lay eggs.
We know the realism of our designs can fool people – that’s our goal. It’s amusing they can fool a thirsty dog and a hungry hummingbird. But this bug takes the cake.