Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Seedhead Splendour

For a few weeks I adore Opium Poppies, and the bees adore them too.  Standing waist high - if you look into the centre at all those stamens filled will pollen you will find bees furiously collecting it and making a helluva racket.  The flowers don't seem to last five minutes before the petals fall in a shower.  Then you just have to marvel at the pearly, grey-green pepperpot seedheads resting on silvered stems.

But, alas, their beauty starts to fade, and you start to get a little fed up of them.  They are easy to pull out, but I always leave one or two plants so they can spread their seed  and start their spectacular display all over again next year.


  1. Ilove the Poppies too, it's a pity they don't last longer. C'est la vie.

  2. I was looking at some of mine today, which I shall leave to self-seed! Flighty xx

  3. I must have pulled too many of the Lauren's Purple last year - did not see one this year!

  4. They are very pretty seedheads! Can you dry them? They might look very interesting in a dried bouquet.

  5. I must say I tidy up my Oriental Poppy plants pretty soon after flowering. They look so scruffy in the border. I do leave the seedheads to dry in another part of the garden though, to admire their beauty. x


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