It’s been an insane year for poppies. Red and purple opium poppies came with our house as a weed and I’ve let them reseed themselves and selected for the brighter colors. This winter I planted another variety of opium poppy in the back garden ‘Antique Shades’. I didn’t know what they looked like but the description sounded beautiful. They are much wilder than I expected. First, they are 5 feet tall. Then, they are crazy shapes. Now they are turning into fat, fancy pods.
I also planted ‘Mother of Pearl’ under the eucalyptus tree which turned out to be a very subtle and pretty combination. The mix has a lot of white in it so I will edit for grey, pink and mauve which I prefer and let them reseed. I first saw this magical flower at Special Plants Nursery near Bath, England and I love it.
Poppies are a little tricky as cut flowers but I pick them anyway. Holding a match to the cut stem or dipping them in boiling water helps them keep longer, but they last a few days tops in a vase and then they explode petals and stamens all over the dining room table. Enough chatting, let’s see these poppies.