As with absolutely everything else in life, it's all in the editing:
They are so pretty, and stunning colours and some of them even smell so sweet.
The ones grown from seed earn a special close up.
Those hidden away and only seen when up close and personal, show that they flower for any reason but me.
The reality is different, slightly darker and just a little bit guilt-inducing.
In truth, the borders are a complete mess; a shambles of a garden. All the necessary elements for a decent garden are there, and the lawns are good - mainly because someone else is seeing to those - but what needs to happen now is a good dose of slash and burn. Well, maybe composting rather than actual burning, although.......
And there will be a certain pleasure in that. Sweeping clean is usually a case of re-starting and new ideas. So not all bad then.