Plants and flowers
cow parsley rosebay willowherb flowers small
This is supposed to be cow parsley, made from twisted wire, green paint and white scatter. Below is rosebay willowherb from brush bristles, static grass, lilac scatter and more paint.
I *nearly* didn't post the pics, because I was a bit let down when I saw the close ups - I was quite excited about the individual plants before planting them. In the end I thought it was better to show something in progress and hopefully get some tips to improve things, plus it's a good alternative to sulking It's also a good demonstration of how useful close-up photography is for making you raise your game, since I think they look OK from the mythical normal viewing distance.
What I don't like are the usual give aways - you can see the wire the cow parsley is made from, and the brush bristles I used for the rosebay willowherb are mostly too thick. I did some experiments with Hornby's field grass and that was much finer, but I was worried it would break if I breathed on it! I'm also not entirely sure about the colour of the rosebay willowherb - I remember it being pink when I was little, and I thought when I looked at pictures last night that it was purple, but I must have been dreaming or confused or something - looking at pictures again today: pink. Weird. I think I'll pull up and redo this one, although I need to make a few buddleia bushes as well and I might be able to re-use the stalks.
So (apart from the colour) what do you all reckon - would it be better not to have them, because they give away the model-ness more than just static grass and sea foam, can they be fixed, or are they OK as they are? I should add that any fixes will probably have to wait until I've done some of the more important layout-finishing jobs, but I do want to come back to these when I get the chance.