The Obama's presidential portraits were unveiled today. Did the artist plant Barack in a garden of Bishop's weed? Ignoring the flowers, which make little botanical sense, it sure looks like ground elder to me.

  • can't be though - bishops weed doesn't grow up walls... its just a stylized version of probably imaginary plants; if it weren't for the flowerheads, could be Boston Ivy – Bamboo Feb 12 '18 at 19:44
  • Sure looks like Bishops Weed to me. With a bit of license for all the different flowers. Who knows what it was originally, though. All that artist needed was a branch to get the leaves right and didn't care it didn't grow on walls. Good job Wayfaring! – stormy Feb 12 '18 at 20:55
  • @Bamboo I can't find the line where the ground becomes a wall. I suspect Impressionism is to blame. If I sat on a chair like that in a garden bed like that, at least one leg would sink, and I'd fall over. – Wayfaring Stranger Feb 14 '18 at 16:04
  • @WayfaringStranger Absolutely - I actually think its a terrible picture, the background just doesn't look right, its ruined a good portrait - for one thing, it looks almost dusty or greyish, a very strange choice – Bamboo Feb 14 '18 at 16:42
  • @Bamboo Some license is allowed at the National Portrait Gallery. Here's a Clinton that's quite striking: media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/68/22/2b/… No plants in it though. – Wayfaring Stranger Feb 15 '18 at 19:13

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