Okay, I've ranted about this before here on my blog, and as a guest on Gardenrant, but this still makes me mad.
The other day I got a catalog from Jackson and Perkins -- which is good right? I've been complaining about not getting enough catalogs. But this catalog made me mad because: it is full of blatantly faked images. Don't believe me? They have the same images on their website, so you can see for yourself. Here's an example.
Go check out this item -- a single papillo amaryllis. Click though to the link and look at the picture large.
Than look at this one, a group planting of three papillo amaryllis. Notice anything similar? Like the fact that the central bloom of the group of three is IDENTICAL to the bloom of the single plant? As in, they just cut and pasted their flowers together? Look closely at the three bulbs in the pot... Funny that they are identical as well. And that the shadows on the leaves, stems, flowers, and pot aren't quite the same... As in: the entire image was assembled in photoshop from plant bits photographed against a green screen.
Are you kidding me?
How hard is it to grow just one of everything they sell, and take an actual picture of it?
Thankfully, I now also have catalogs from Pinetree Garden seeds AND the Seed Savers Exchange, so I can throw out J&P and indulge in delightful, REAL catalog pictures.