The Fleeting Pleasure of Poppies
The Poppies put on a nice show this year, the third season since they were planted. These are orange poppies, double-flowered. My friend Linc gave them to me. I do not know the variety or even the species, so I just refer to them as ‘Linc’s Poppies’. If I had to guess I would say they were some kind of Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale).
Their timing was fortuitous, as they burst into bloom just after the Tulips were done. Thus they provided me with another quick fix of orange just when I needed it.
The first two buds opened on the day last week when I had to travel to Springfield. All the hairy, nodding buds promised more orangey goodness in the near future.
Sure enough, during the week Judy texted me this picture. These were the poppies at their peak. I love the combination of vibrant color with thin, delicate petals. Delicate, but short-lived. By the time I got home on Friday, the Poppy show was almost over.
This is the first year that we had a decent number of blooms. I’m looking forward to the continued spread of these Poppies, and the drama and energy they briefly inject into the Driveway Border when there isn’t a lot else going on.
Incidentally, these Poppies bloom simultaneously with our ‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Napeta x faassenii). The Catmint’s mass of tiny blue flowers complement the Poppies beautifully.
Do you grow Poppies in your garden? If so, would you happen to know what kind of Poppies these are?