Opening Mid-summer

Opium Poppy Papaver somniferum

Every few years (actually quite a few numbers of years can pass) and one of these beautiful Opium Poppies (Papaver somniferum) will just appear out of nowhere in my back garden. This one is quite a monster in size and has many heads like the mythical Hydra.

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June 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

32 thoughts on “Opening Mid-summer

  1. The internal structure of poppies is so complex and interesting. The combination of pink and green in this one is pleasing; it reminds me of a certain type of glassware produced here in the 1920s that often combined pink bowls with green stems.

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    1. Thank you, Jill 🙂 They have all finsihed now, but I will just let the whole thing go to seed and see what happends. Thing is these seeds can lay dorment for many years.

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