Poppy ‘Amazing Grey’

I’m sure you all know how it is when you’ve been away for a few days and, as you approach home, suddenly become desperate to see how the garden has got on without you (usually fine, of course!). Well, yesterday I got to back to discover that my new poppies, Papaver rhoeas ‘Amazing Grey’, have begun to open and now I’ve fallen in love again, with yet another poppy.


Thompson and Morgan, one of its suppliers, describe its appearance thus: “Semi-double ruffled blooms in chic blue-grey shades”. Chiltern Seeds list those shades as: pearly grey, slate blue, misty mauve with the occasional flush of dusky pink.


I’m put in mind of stormy skies or stone fruit, sloes or damsons, with that lovely powdery bloom on their skins. The poppies open with delightful crumpled tissue-like petals. Each flower would make a perfect ball gown or ballerina dress.


This morning the flowers are covered in hoverflies:


They are looking good with Ammi major and Eschscholzia, which were scattered around the border at the same time.


I will definitely be collecting seed from them, so that I can enjoy them all over again next year.



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26 Responses to Poppy ‘Amazing Grey’

  1. Chloris says:

    It is fabulous, isn’t it? All my garden visiters are bowled over by it. Each one is different but all equally lovely. Last year’ plants seeded so I have been saved the trouble of sowing it again.

  2. susurrus says:

    Wonderful to see them in flower – the colour is very striking. I sowed some of these in Mum’s garden, but I’m afraid the slugs have got them. I was a bit late because we had so many days of late ground frost and I wasn’t sure they could take it.

  3. Cathy says:

    Saw this on Liz’s blog too…. aren’t they gorgeous! πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Paddy Tobin says:

    Nice colour.

  5. This is amazingly beautiful.

  6. Very striking! I like your combinations too.

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    So gorgeous… I wonder if seed is available in the US? Often we have to wait YEARS before we get things from the UK, all the red tape!

  8. What a fabulous poppy!

  9. shoreacres says:

    I’d say your ‘Amazing Grey’ is an amazing grace. It’s a beautiful flower. I’m turning grey and am a bit crinkled at this point — I should look so good!

  10. Cathy says:

    This is a glorious poppy, and if Chloris hadn’t already promised me seed I would have been asking you – I think Chiltern Seeds had sold out when I looked for them last year

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Fantastic! Are they easier/harder than other poppies? I have not been successful with poppies but love them.

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