15 Jun 2012

One puff of wind and it's over

One puff of wind and it's over

So much for keeping a daily eye on the progress of the coral poppy...  I went away last weekend and returned to find that the plant had flowered and then dropped its petals in that time! Must have been quite a show; there were half a dozen of these fuzzy seed heads, leaving two buds still to flower.  One had opened this evening - I found it being wobbled around by high winds.  I wonder if that will still be there to photograph tomorrow morning?  With one left after this, and a busy Saturday planned, I feel the window of opportunity is closing rapidly!  Do they flower twice in a year? I hope so!

I'll leave the seed heads but I bet they'd look lovely tucked into a vase of flowers!

6 comments:

  1. Such a shame you missed it, seedhead is still beautiful though!

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    1. Thanks Pauline, yes it is! I can only hope that it's less blustery next year!

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  2. The same thing happened to me with a tree peony - it took three years to eventually form buds - I photographed the bud opening - the next day it had gone - opened, flowered and shed its petals - zilch, nada, nothing - I'll have to wait till next year now. Your poppy seed head looks like it has been carpeted or velcro'd.

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    1. How frustrating Elaine! After waiting all that time, you'd think nature would have figured a way to make the flowers last a bit longer! Same with the poppies - too much wind, not enough sun. The seed head does look like velcro - I wonder if they're all like that? I haven't paid much attention before!

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  3. Fingers crossed! Sadly I don't think that they flower twice.
    I was surprised to see that my oriental poppies had survived the rain and wind. Flighty xx

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    1. I can only wait and see, Flighty. Who knows what will happen with the British weather the way it is at the moment? If I can have freshly picked tomatoes on New Year's Day, I might be lucky! Your poppies must be much hardier than mine - how lovely to have that splash of colour on your plot. xx

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