Colour Changes in Poppies

My favourite poppies were always these purple ones. I have no idea why, but maybe because they were so different from all the others. Even the leaves are different.  A few years ago when my first purple poppies grew, I  only saw purple ones. Then one year there were some reddish-purple ones. Some kind of hanky-panky going on.

Then we had one of that purple sort, come out very red. By the way, if you click to enlarge this photo, below, you will see the little beetles that are eating its petals.

Here are some of these reddish ones in a group. Notice the powdery mint green leaves that differentiate them from the field poppies.

Speaking of the regular field poppies, they are usually red, but there are variations. This one has a purplish center.

The one below has a red center.

Here they are camping out together.

At last, here is my special find of the day. This is one of the purple variations (those of the minty leaves), but not only is it red, with a dark center, but it has ragged petals. These petals were not ravaged by wind or some animal eating them, but that is their natural look. Kind of like a kid with messy hair, but oh, so cute.

Every  day when I water my garden I accidentally blow a few flowers off their stems. I hope that the next day they will be replaced by new flowers. I encourage this by dead-heading the seed pods in the early part of the season.

I wonder what will be out there tomorrow.

46 thoughts on “Colour Changes in Poppies

  1. laura bruno lilly

    I’m enjoying your observational discoveries and ideas on the why’s of certain changes occurring within the poppy patch. Yes, you are a writer, but those same skills are the hallmark of great scientists as well!

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  2. Sonja Forrester

    Love them all! They are so beautiful and I love how they can change from year to year. Always a surprise in the garden somewhere, if you take the time to look for it. 🙂

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  3. Marsha

    So glad you’re a photographer of everything, and share your talent with us. Just finished “Marlie”. Completely admire and enjoy your descriptions of the Charlottes where I have not travelled. Now through your book , I feel I was there. Great interest in your descriptions of the school teaching successes Marlie creates with her students; and with the fisherman’s/hunter’s skills. A worthwhile read and so appreciative of your writing everyday lives being lived. A really enjoyable read . Thank YOU.


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I’m happy that you’ve enjoyed the flower show, and my Marlie book. I’m so pleased that you felt you were there with Marlie as that was one of my goals in writing – to help transport the reader to the location. Thanks for reading it.


  4. reocochran

    It was an amazing sight to see these variations of purple, red and lavender poppies! Thank you for being such a terrific commenter on my posts along with waiting patiently for me to respond to your blog posts. You will see me heading backwards to try to stay caught up.
    I wouldn’t wish to miss a thing, Anneli! ❤ 🙂

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