Houseplants for All

Now here’s an oddity. Apparently if you fancy taking a Clipper today and/or tomorrow you may see this rather odd sight (no – I don’t mean everyone will have been reduced to line drawings) – it’s the clippers being ‘transformed’ into veritable greenhouses of 3,000 houseplants by, rather randomly, The Flower Council of Holland.¬†They’re even giving away peace lilies to commuters.

It’s in a bid by the Flower Council of Holland to share the joys of people ‘letting houseplants into their lives’ and Thames ¬†Clippers to persuade people to commute using the river and I have to say if the boats looked like this every day I just might.

Not that I dislike the ‘normal’ Clippers – they’re a fantastic treat. I never get why anyone would want to sit in the middle with their laptop when they could look out of the window or even hang off the back in the summer enjoying the spray and the odd soaking when it ‘goes over a bump’ but then I guess I don’t do it every day. I have a theory that people do it just to show off to us tourists that they live so close to the river these fabulous views are just another source of urban ennui.

I’m not going to give any credence to the frankly dodgy-sounding studies that claim commuting is more stressful than being a fighter pilot or a riot policeman (c’mon….) but actually, the boat does make the train/tube/bus experience a poor second/third/fourth choice. And today you get peace lilies. What’s not to like?


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3 Comments to “Houseplants for All”

  1. Mazer says:

    Is this a very late April fool’s TGP ? You just couldn’t make it up..

  2. tom says:

    I have to say that it is not an April fool. By chance I caught the houseplant boat yesterday lunchtime and as a result have a very small peace lily in my office to prove it.

    The boat is quite a strange sight with very large teracota plant pots on the aft deck and seeminglyevery surface in the cabin covered in foliage.

  3. Eleanor says:

    Wow, I wish I’d read this last week – sounds ace. Anyone have any photos?