Daily Flower Candy: Lone Poppy

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Poppies are resourceful little plants, seeding themselves everywhere and living their short, glorious lives in the fast lane.   Putting little effort into producing foliage, the crepe-paper flowers are designed to beguile the bees.  Showier than our native field poppy, the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, is generally taller and available in a greater array of colours.  Both species share the same habit for adapting their size to their conditions, hence this little fella nestling in the shelter of a gatepost at Capability Brown’s Kirkharle Lake in Northumberland.  Sown in about one month’s time, they’ll make robust flowering plants next year.

Opium poppy, Kirkharle courtyard, July 2013

Categories: Flowers, Other People's Gardens, Plants, Wild Flowers

Posted by The Frustrated Gardener

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