To be honest I’m not too fond of this particular shade of oriental poppy – essence of Heinz Tomato Soup. It was already a garden resident when we bought the house, and although I keep digging it up, it seems determined, not only to stay, but to multiply. Anyway, I like its chutzpah, if not its colour. I can always be sure it will pop up somewhere to annoy me. Then I think, oh well. At least the bees love it. And who can gainsay such show-off vim and vigour.
On Sunday after the storms, I even felt rather sorry for this very rain-drenched one – made me think of an ageing star, past her prime, crying into her gin. Overdone mascara on the run…I should get out more.
34 thoughts on “Poppy Power ~ The Show Goes On Rain Or Shine”
I like it!
Persistence pays off Tish! I understand the dislike for the kitsch ketchup look when done up so frowzily – but seeing it as sort of ‘Street car…’ meets ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is a kinder view
Oh I like that analogy, Laura. I’m being won over to them by the second.
I planted dark purple irises next to mine for more elegance. However, they may not bloom together in your climate.I love that first shot of the water on the bud.
That must look brilliant. An excellent combination. I have some purple iris too, but they don’t always flower. I think the soil gets too dry and brick-like for them. The poppies, though, seem to keep going in the worst soil, or even without any at all. I’ve noticed a clump in the gravel behind the shed.
I have poppies like that popping up at my place in spring too. They are very persistent. As you say they do attract the bees.
Fascinating, and so pretty.
I like the poppy flower and wouldn’t mind having it in our garden. Great photos, Tish!
Thank you, Peter. I wish I could email you some poppies 🙂
And I can’t even get one to grow…….
Oh dear, Beverly.
I read once that is is very easy to mistake the early little bit of a plant for a weed. I sure this is what happened and I pulled it out. I really must try again.
It’s worth another go 🙂
This post is one of the many reasons why I love you, Tish. I’m smiling from ear to ear. Sumptuous shots, and Mick’s a big fan of Heinz Tomato 🙂 🙂
Aw. So happy to be loved by you 🙂
Beautiful! I do love poppies.
Thank you, Pete. It’s hard not to love them.
I was thinking, flamenco dancer, going to dance in the rain and no-one was going to stop her! 😀
Tough as nettles- or should that be poppies?
They do like their own way!
Wild poppies are all red in our country, and it would be a pleasure for me to discover one in this color. It’s beautiful.
No! No! Please stay in if it’s necessary to produce the mascara image!!!
🙂 You make smile and smile, Meg 🙂
”I should get out more.”
Know that feeling only too well.
🙂 Actually one can get a bit ratty when out of one’s own domain.
Yes …. one can indeed!
Whenever I see those poppies, I think of the poppy field in “The Wizard of Oz” and everyone falling asleep until the snow fell.
Now there’s a film one needs to see again. Thank you for the reminder 🙂
it looks so lovely to me 🙂
Thank you 🙂
your’e welcome Tish … Hoping to see more of you now 🙂
That’s very nice of you. Thanks for the follow.
It’s my pleasure. Hoping to see more of you 🙂