Would you believe it ? This poppy [Papaver Patty’s Plum] that was dying off almost in opening bud stage, has suddenly spread its petals wide open – the evidence of decay can be seen around the edges. But still, it is looking beautiful and the decay has a cetain ‘je ne sais quoi’ don’t you think?
I have two other poppies coming out now, one a bright red/orange [Papaver Allegro] and this one – a very pale pink [Papaver Carneum] Again – it is not fully open so I shall be watching its progress closely ….
Another of my favourite flowers is the Iris. I planted a gorgeous one last year called ‘Nel Jape’ but there’s no sign of it now – maybe the slugs got it … which is unfortunate because the label says ‘hardy and perennial, lasting for many years’ !! [I always hang on to the labels]