Do you ever wonder why your flowers never quite look the same as those in magazines or sales flyers? It’s because it’s pretty much impossible! Many popular companies show fine examples of unattainable flowery goals. The sales binders of their products contain ridiculous expectations for potted annuals and are quite typically shown with other annuals that don’t even flower at the same time or in the same zone, unless of course they were grown in a green house.
I bet you thought that the flower industry was immune from such betrayals, but they’re not. That’s how they get us excited at the prospect of what we could have (and have so much bigger) if we only just purchased flowers from them.
Just like the beauty magazines, don’t compare your flowers in the mirror to the flowers in an ad.
Be realistic, fertilize like mad (maybe with some compost tea?) and have fun!