Yes, I love poppies: Flanders poppies, opium poppies, oriental poppies, Shirley poppies. I also stare longingly at the acid loving varieties, but make do with the varieties I can grow here in Alkali Land. Luckily, with the Shirley poppies providing endless delicate variations you quickly forget what you are missing. They are so easy to grow and so rewarding. Their silken flowers open in every available combination of red, pink and white and they attract bees like nothing else, whilst looking delicately beautiful. A further part of their allure is how they scatter their petals like confetti after such a short opening. It’s like an advert to come and see the new ones. This year’s show in the garden is strong on distressed patterns and by that I mean one main colour with a ‘vintage look’ contrast at the edge. I have just discovered WordPress ‘Galleries’, so I though I would have a go and make a poppy gallery to show them off. So here it is:
Funnily enough, the busiest poppy yesterday, bee-wise, was a damaged opium poppy, but it was as though it had been dipped in honey. The sneaky fat-thighed flower beetle thought so too!