I have to admit to being disappointed!
Trusting to the pictures in advertising, I have bought items and they have not come up to expectation! Yes I know that is very naive, but that’s how it is.
The thing is that now I have been painting flowers for quite a while, I have begun to look at plant purchases which inspire me to paint them. So I look at the pictures on the packet (for bulbs, tubers, seeds etc) or on the label (plants). Seems simple enough, but no! As I say, I have been disappointed.
It all began last year when I purchased morning glory (ipomoea) seeds and looked forward to that rich blue. The flowers when they came were, to put it politely, insipid. My Viola sororia ‘Speckles’ which looked lovely on the label – white petals liberally sprinkled with violet dots, was actually sporadically sprinkled with pale lilac dots, which could not be seen from a distance.
At Christmas I bought myself an amaryllis which, according to the packet, was white with red stripes. I watched it sprout, bud and grow with mounting anticipation, paper and paints at the ready until the day it opened. Cream with peach stripes which, whilst lovely in its own right, was not what I was expecting and the desire to paint it withered.
Maybe from the seller’s point of view more sales are made from pictures with brighter colours, but it is …well…….disappointing.
I have finished my watercolour painting of an Himalayan Blue Poppy (Mecanopsis betonicifolia). I had to use artistic licence here as the plant in my garden is distinctly pinkish. Not the fault of the advertisers this time as it is probably due to my soil being quite limey, whereas these beautiful poppies prefer it more acidic.
In the future I think I will just have to keep an open mind when looking at advertising material!