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Poppies Pop Up


The purple poppy from the last poppy post has cousins that have variations in colour and markings.

The common red field poppy also has cousins of many variations. This one (below) has extra petals that give it a fluffier look.

A pale friend peeps out from the undergrowth, surrounded by buds of its red relatives.

A pale pink friend looks to be a cross between the white and red.

One of my favourite oddballs is this fluffy white one.

The Oriental poppy below was given to me by my neighbour and friend, Alice, many years before she died too young. I treasure this plant. It is a perennial, and unlike other kinds of poppies, will come up from its roots in the spring. I have divided it to grow in several parts of the yard. I think of my friend every time I see these poppies. Even when the first leaves pop out of the ground in the spring, I greet her with, “Hello, Alice.”

Here is a close up of one of Alice’s poppies.

My garden is a mess of poppies and a few other flowers. I just don’t have the heart to pull them out to make room for extra vegetables. They’re very spoiled and are allowed to grow wherever they want.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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35 thoughts on “Poppies Pop Up

  1. What a delightful array of colors and textures in these poppies, Anneli. I like the connection to Alice, it’s a sweet story. I am sure she would be delighted to see how they have thrived.

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  2. They’re all pretty, but Alice’s are especially lovely.

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  3. I can’t think of much I’d rather have running rampant than poppies. Wonderful!

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  4. I love poppies, particularly the red ones!

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  5. These are wonderful, Anneli. I especially like the fluffy white one and of course, Alice’s poppy. ‘3

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  6. I love all the colours!

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  7. With such wonderful poppies I would also hesitate to pull them out. Beautiful shots, Anneli!

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  8. Those are all beautiful!. Such a pleasant array of colors!

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  9. Lovely, photos of your poppies ; also enjoying the peonies and foxgloves. Glorious color!

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  10. Alice’s poppies are beautiful and your garden looks lovely. šŸ™‚

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  11. Beautiful flowers and photos. Iā€™d let them have the run of the garden too!

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  12. I don’t blame you for not wanting to remove some. They are gorgeous. It’s nice that you can feel like Alice is nearby when her poppies pop. šŸ™‚

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  13. Thanks for the continuing poppy photo roll-call!

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  14. So pretty. I love the broader shot of your garden with the rhododendrons in the background. šŸ™‚

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  15. These are absolutely gorgeous. We don’t have poppies. At least I don’t think we do. I assume they aren’t hardy enough for the harsh heat here.

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  16. Way to go for allowing your flowers to take up “vegetable space” in your garden. I do the same. I can always buy vegetables at the market. I love poppies!

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