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!