This story appeared in The Guardian today, Friday April 19th and is apparently supposed to be taken seriously, as it is almost 3 weeks since April Fool`s Day. How a plant could prefer devilish (right,enough said, I don`t wish to get the Big J, author of the N.Korean hit ` Koi Carp Style` in trouble with heavy metal fans) , I mean Black Sabbath, to the Mighty Cliff , that wholesome, pure, handsome young man I fail to understand, probably because I am now feeling very vengeful against all flora after I blasted Devo`s `Pink Pussycat` at my buddleia today and it withered. Of course the flaw in my argument is Cliff`s `Devil Woman`, I dare not play that to the next flower I come across – fearing the effects!
Anyway… `Plants Love Heavy Metal, says BBC Garden Expert`
Garden guru Chris Beardshaw is recommending a new technique for bigger blooms – blast your plants with heavy metal music. The broadcaster and gardening expert reveals on Radio 4`s Gardeners` Question Time` today that a constant diet of Black Sabbath worked wonders on a greenhouse full of plants, but exposure to Sir Cliff Richard killed every plant in a horticultural experiment (surely not, what, even `The Young Ones` and `Summer Holiday`??! – R)
The test came about because one of his horticultural students wanted to write a dissertation based on the effects of music on plants.
“ We set up four glasshouses with different sorts of music to see what happened to the plants. We had one that was silent – that was a control house – and one that was played Cliff Richard and one that was played Black Sabbath… they had the best flowers and the best resistance to pest and disease…those in the Cliff Richard house all died.” (1)
Quite what this means in the great scheme of things I don`t know. I vaguely recall my copy of a book called `The Secret Life Of Plants` saying that plants actually like classical music. Is it the volume or the lyrics that make a difference? And is playing any music at all really significant when that rose or that tobacco for your loved one is going to end up with a very short life anyway?