Is pampas grass really a sign for swingers? -The Irish Times

Is pampas grass really a sign for swingers?  -The Irish Times

It was big in the 1970s along with torches and macramé, but now pampas grass is largely out of favor in the UK – apparently thanks to an unfortunate association with swingers. Gardeners across the UK have dropped this once-hardy plant in suburban gardens, and sales have declined in Ireland too.

UK plant sellers said The Daily Telegraph Sales have declined “largely because the plant is seen as a covert signal to passers-by that its owners are happy to indulge in partner swapping or ‘swinging’.”

The piece carries a quote from a garden center in Kent that has seen its Pampas sales more than halve in the past 10 years, with its marketing director Nick Coslell blaming the decline on the perception that it sent a signal to swingers.

The plant’s raunchy association has been dismissed by gardening experts, but broadcaster Mariela Vostrup said she mistakenly identified herself as a prostitute by placing two pampas plants in a pot outside her Notting Hill home several years ago. Since installing the plants, she said on Twitter, she has received an influx of calls and visits.

Here, pampas sales are steady, says Adrian Sharp, plant buyer at Celbridge-based The Orchard Garden Center and Café.

“Its architectural form, the fact that it is low maintenance and is evergreen made it very popular in Ireland about 10 years ago. What everyone wants now is instant color so that the garden looks good when you spend time in it in the summer while having a barbecue. They are They want a modern version of the traditional cottage garden, a space that encourages wildlife like bees and butterflies; flowers like foxgloves, perennial geraniums, and bluebells.

While he still stocks pampas grass, customers look at it but don’t buy it. “The reason it’s down is because it’s a very high-risk plant. It’s difficult to handle. Its leaves can cut you like a razor blade when you try to cut it, and it has a big root system.”

“I’ve never heard of it being used as a wife-swapping or swinging flag,” he adds.

“They are very easy to grow but a nightmare to remove,” warns Sam Smith of Plant Life in Dublin’s Cork Street. “I wouldn’t put it in unless it was in a container. You would need a JCB to remove it. As for using it as a wife-swapping flag, it’s possible but it seems silly,” he says.

Telegraph She was moved to write an op-ed on the topic, along with her view on Brexit. Under the heading Pampas Rambus its leader says: “This exotic species of flowering feathers from South America, which was very common in the 1970s, has gained a reputation as a flag for the practice of wife-swapping (as it was called in the 1970s).” However, the leader continues to refute this idea. “Could there be another reason for the decline of the two-headed grass? After all, caftans or cheese and pineapple on a stick were also popular in the 1970s, but although impressive in their own right, they are rarely seen now.”

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