In the garden today: poppies

poppy 1

I only have one poppy plant – somehow, they seem to die or all get eaten when first planted – but this one is a doozy.  I’m amazing at how long it’s bloom cycle is, and how long each of the flowers last.  I kind of like having only one – it’s so spectacular that it works better as a one-and-only and is more eye-catching in a way than if it was in a large group.

poppy 3

If I could draw or paint, I think that this would be the perfect live model – everything about it is striking, it’s color, it’s shape, the spikiness of its leaves, the jet-black center and how it contrasts with the pure red color of the petals, even the fringed edges to the petals.

poppy 2

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