As spring transitions abruptly to summer, across the garden poppies are opening or, in some cases, giving a repeat performance!
Poppies are honestly one of the easiest of all flowers to grow; they don’t need too much water, and are unfussed by soil type. I love the airiness they give to the garden.
The Iceland poppy, Papaver nudicaule, which back in July tantalised with the promise of buds that didn’t open until late September to announce the warmth of spring. It’s amazing to think that with just regular dead-heading, they are still blooming and are now announcing the heat of summer: when I lived in Sydney, Iceland poppies would be lucky to live past September, let alone flower again in October and November!
In the background are the earliest of the Rock Roses, Cistus ladanifer, and the first of the foxglove spires.
A cultivar of the common poppy, Papaver orientale, has opened to reveal a striking black centre against pillar-box red:
And lastly, the California poppy with its yellow and cream trumpets will always make me smile even though I know it will end up seeding through the garden:
Happy gardening 🙂