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.