I love flowers, so thought I’d tell you about a place I often visit inworld. It’s called Mesh Flowers and Mesh Plants, and it has more blooming things than you can shake a stick it. The store was created by LovedWarrior Quan who keeps it well stocked with plants.
First off, let me tell you my criteria for a good flower or plant in Second Life – and yes, I’m picky!
The flowers need to be mesh or sculpted so that they look “whole” no matter what angle you view them. Flowers, trees, and bushes should not look like several prim cutouts placed together at different angles. Plants were made this way in the old days of SL, and for that time period it was practical. But there’s no need for these any more. We now have sculpties and mesh to have better things.
The flowers should be low prim. By low prim, I mean 1 prim if possible. If the object is made of mesh, land impact / prim count will increase when you enlarge it, but for a small pot of flowers 1 or 2 prims should be enough. Land impact = money. I am mindful of every prim I rez, and less is definitely more.
Plant should give the option to remove “full bright” from it. You may notice some items in SL seem to light up so that even if it’s dark you can see them well. For a plant this can be either good or bad. You may want a flower to glow in some cases, but if you prefer a realistic look, it is better to remove the glow or it looks freaky at night. The absolute worst is an old glowing cutout tree! FYI: The only thing needed to adjust full bright is for the plant to be 1. Modifiable (so you can fix this yourself) or 2. Have a menu with an option to remove full bright.
I’m pleased to say that LovedWarrior Quan’s flowers fit all of my criteria. They not only look nice from every angle, but most are just 1 prim each – and you can copy and modify all of them
If you join LovedWarrior Quan’s group you will receive free flowers now and then (yes, I’m a member) but in general the prices are low anyway. For instance, the Japanese Balloon Flowers above are just 59 lindens.
Note: If you want to buy a gift, shop the Marketplace rather than inworld. Most of these flowers are no transfer.
Are you a flower child?