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A View from The Bothy



As most of us know, internet shopping is a fantastic phenomenon that few could have dreamed of just a few years ago.

You think of something you want (need?), you ‘Google’ it, establish the price and delivery fees (if any) and click.  Within a day or two you’ve received it.

Inevitably there’s a proverbial fly in the ointment.

Things don’t always get delivered to the correct address, and a photograph of an item next to a modern UPVC door only serves to prove that it’s been delivered ‘somewhere’.

The other problem is that the images displayed on the seller’s website are not always a good representation of what you’re actually buying.

Which brings us round to the subject of plants.  You knew we’d get there eventually, didn’t you?

Let’s say you need to order some French Lavender - Lavandula stoechas, that perennially favourite perennial.

Obviously, the seller (that’s us) is going to take the photographs when it’s looking fabulous, usually mid-summer.

But if you’re planning on a planting job for November for example, what you envisage when you order and what you receive will be two very different things.

It’s a conundrum.  The seller wants to advertise the product at its best, but when that’s only for part of the year should they advertise it for sale using less attractive images taken out of season?

For this reason, when buying living things, it’s important to do some research and remind your customer that when the plants arrive, they might not resemble what they’ve seen on the internet.

If you’re still wondering about the title of this article, it’s an acronym for ‘What You See Is What You Get’, which isn’t always the case.

But patience - like wisdom - is a virtue; and properly cared for, your plants will indeed look every bit as good as what you see on our website.