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.

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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.

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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.

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This morning the flowers are covered in hoverflies:

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

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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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