Catching The Sun

Autmum fell to winter, and winter flew and we are already enjoying a wonderful spring here on this side of the pond. Finally I made it back after a fairly long hiatus, and I will look forward to catching up with you all!

This is one of my favourites which seemingly appeared out of nowhere in one of my flowerbeds. The Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica has a the most beautiful sunny colours, so bright, cheery and vibrant the petals almost appear to capture the sun itself.

May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

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Welsh Poppy

Meconopsis cambrica

Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica

A bright lemon-yellow poppy with four tissue-thin petals. The leaves are a light yellow-green and pinnately divided into five toothed lobes. It has long, ribbed seed capsules that split when ripe, releasing many tiny seeds.

Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica leaf

It flowers June to August. and is found in damp, semi-shaded positions, such as rocky places, old walls, and upland woods. Native to Wales, south-west England and Ireland. Naturalised as a garden escape elsewhere.

Welsh (Poppy Meconopsis cambrica), local woodland path, Staffordshire, June 2012.