Review: Fresh Picked Flowers

Fresh Picked Flowers
Fresh Picked Flowers by Jane Maday – Sunsout – 500 pieces

The beautiful, bright colors of this image made this puzzle so much fun; and the quality was so much better than the previous Sunsout puzzle that I assembled. Don’t you love it when a puzzle is so much better than you anticipated? I do!

The last Sunsout puzzle I assembled – Rainy Day Sketch – was purchased at the same time, from the same store. The difference in quality between the two was striking – and that is NOT a good thing. When you don’t know for sure what you’re going to get, it makes it difficult to trust that you’re getting your money’s worth. I’m not a fan of having to guess or gamble when it comes to the quality of the puzzles I buy.

Fresh Picked Flowers had very good quality, in fact I was surprised at how good. Having had a much different experience with the previous Sunsout puzzle, I was dreading this one a little bit thinking it would be equally as disappointing. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case! This puzzle had thick pieces with a very good variety of shapes, and a truly wonderful fit. As you can see the reproduction is bright and crisp, with clean lines – it was a joy to work with.

Fresh Picked Flowers 1

For some reason the dullest colored thing in the puzzle, this brown bird (I have no idea what species this is), was one of the things I really enjoyed putting together. For some reason I can’t really express this bird was lovely to assemble.

Fresh Picked Flowers 2

This bowl of cherries is bright and fun, and was really challenging too. When I look at it the first thing that comes to mind is Erma Bombeck; she was a humorist and columnist that I used to really enjoy reading when I was younger. I’m sure if I had one of her books here now it would still make me laugh. She had a book entitled “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits?” and it seems to pop into my brain whenever I see this.

The artwork by Jane Maday made for an excellent puzzling experience, and the quality of the puzzle itself was wonderful to work with. If only all Sunsout puzzles could be this good! If by some miracle you find this puzzle out there, it’s definitely recommended. I loved it. 💖


  • Title:                  Fresh Picked Flowers
  • Artist:                Jane Maday
  • Brand:               Sunsout
  • Piece count:     500 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)
  • Purchased:      New


  • Board:               Very good
  • Cutting:             Very good
  • Image:               Excellent
  • Box:                   Average
  • Fit:                     Excellent
  • Puzzle Dust:     Small amount
  • Piece cut:          Random cut
  • Piece shapes:   Very good variety
  • Finish:               Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very good, recommended

16 thoughts on “Review: Fresh Picked Flowers

  1. Deb

    That’s really a sweet puzzle. I too think of Bombeck and I also think of Mary Engelbreit – she used cherries in many of her paintings which had a cute vintage look. The first thing i thought of was my grandma’s kitchen!

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  2. Sandra

    This bird is definitely an LBB. In the outdoors, they are often too fast to get a good look at them to identify them, so “identifying” them as an LBB makes it sound like you know what you saw: Little Brown Bird. LOL

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  3. Janet L

    I had to zoom in to be sure – it looks like one of the goldfinches has a cherry “hat” – turns out it’s a cherry hanging down behind him! LOL

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  4. Anonymous

    I love jane maday’s art, unfortunately i think it’s exclusive to sunsout and that is a brand i don’t buy for the reasons you mentinoed, their quality is so hit or miss

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  5. The first thing my eyes hit on was the little brown bird. I don’t know if it’s because it’s surrounded by sky or if my eyes look to the upper right naturally. I love your blog and your puzzle reviews.
    Thank you for your enthusiasm and your superb photography and text.

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