Monday, June 14, 2010

Poppy Day

A small update for today:

 This beauty is a red 'Peony or Lettuce Leaf ' Poppy.

I was inspired to take these photographs of the blooms which emerged after a full weekend of much-needed sun. My beloved Poppies are so short-lived that I feel like I have to capture them as soon as I see them unfurl! I missed the chance to photograph a gorgeous 'Lauren's Grape' Poppy over the weekend which lasted only a day, and I'm still kicking myself for missing the chance. Hopefully, other 'Grapes' will present themselves as the Summer wears on!

 This is a 'Flemish Antique' Heirloom Poppy.

 Some of these photographs are low in quality and I apologize! They were taken first thing this morning, but at least you will gain a general impression of how things are looking!

Our much abused 'Jackmanii' Clematis is still going strong. Notice the strange four-petaled bloom. Odd.

This is a 'Nigra' Hollyhock I grew from seed. I love the way Hollyhocks look, but I always get rust and discoloration on the leaves. Does anyone know any secrets for preventing this?

New Dutch Iris are emerging under the Lilac Trees. I didn't realise until now that the rhizomes I planted came in a variety of purple. Lucky me!

A lousy shot of the front of the house. Notice mutant Delphinium and bowed Pea Obelisk. That hideous red fence on the right will soon be disguised by reed fencing. I hate it!

The Husband and I harvested our first batch of 'Purple Globe' Turnips. You can't tell from this photo, but these are enormous! 

 Notice my hand in this photograph for a size comparison! 


Meredehuit ♥ said...

Love your Lettuce Leaf poppy!

Anonymous said...

My Mom loved poppies and had a wide variety of them but I have never seen the two you show in your post. They are really pretty!

Anonymous said...

Hi UC~~ I was just noticing today that my poppy stems are starting to turn upward and I must have my camera ready. Although I'm a lover of pink flowers,'Lauren's Grape' is by far my favorite poppy. I'm so ready to see them.

Your flowers are lovely. Don't you love this time of year when every day brings something new?

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