This year’s poppies look much like last year’s, so I took only a couple hundred pictures.
We had a lot of red doubles (peony-flowered). These, below, are growing with self-sown coriander, a change from the dill that usually accompanies our poppies, and just as effective in adding light relief.
Some doubles were less double than others. The black on this one is very fine. Often the black is a dark purple that bleeds into the red.
A plateful of petals.
The earliest and biggest flower happened to be a light red (you might say pink). Ordinarily, I pull out lighter coloured flowers (mauves and mauve-muddied whites especially, usually before the buds are open), but this one won me over.
We didn’t have as many clear pinks or blazing reds as last year (a few), but lots of flowers with blended colours.
As the season moves along, a few light-centreds are now appearing. I am hand-pollinating as I hope to keep them coming back.
New this year was this crushed pink with a frill around the centre. Poppies will surprise you. I’d never seen this colour before. (My camera doesn’t quite catch it).
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