Sunday, 31 May 2015

Papaver Orientalis "Coral Sea"

Gentle Reader ~~~

Today, I'm sharing with you one of my favourite stars of my flower borders ~ my Papaver Orientalis "Coral Sea" ~ a beautiful, oriental poppy in the most delicious shade of orangey pink ~~~ {the colour reproduction here does not do it justice}

I bought a small potted plant from a local, independent plantsman's garden that just took my fancy about five years ago, and when I got it home I struggled to find a spot for it. In it went though, with not much thought other than concern to get it into the ground, and it obviously loves its spot, for it flourishes ~~~ the first year it rewarded me with about eight tea cup sized blooms of the most delicate tissue papery flowers I think I have ever seen. The following year, the plant nearly doubled in size and gave me about eighteen blooms, slightly bigger, and staggered in their flowering so that the beauty graced that corner for a few weeks longer than the previous year.

In its third year, the plant was even bigger and there were so many blooms {I lost count after thirty} that I now no longer count them, I just look for their arrival and eagerly await their grand entrance, for, although short lived {only a few brief days each bloom} they are big and blousey now, each bloom around five inches across, but still of the most delicate nature, like tissue paper dresses to adorn a prima ballerina as she sweeps across the stage, delighting all who see ~~~

The buds are gorgeously green and fabulously fat, and quite hairy, resembling a misshapen Kiwi fruit ~~~



For days the slowly appear, pushing upwards from the mass of leaves that form the plant, teasing me as more and more appear in the wings ~~~

Each passing day, they plump and fatten ~~~ until ~~~ one sunny Saturday morning as Spring is slowly turning to Summer ~~~


~~~and then the real magic begins ~~~ on Sunday ~~~ as the bud bursts open ~~~ and the true beauty is revealed ~~~











It is quite unfortunate that, as the buds begin to burst, {and many are ready to do so in the next few days} a band of torrential rain and high fifty to sixty mile an hour winds is set to sweep across us from the wild Atlantic and this is not the first year this has happened ~ oh! Timing is Everything! The first few buds will be sacrificed to the weather, but after that the forecast calls for lighter winds, warmer days, with no rain so the buds~in~waiting have a better chance of showing off their splendour.

As each year turns the seasons, the plant just goes from strength to strength, and now I am watching as it spreads around a nearby rose shrub and now covers several square feet in my border! I maybe should consider seeing if I can divide the root and make more plants to spread around the borders, increasing the beauty even more ~~~ there are more Papaver Orientalis too ~ a Royal Wedding {white petals and darkest navy blue centre} and a perfectly plumptiously plummy Patty's Plum and they sit in my 'holding bed' where they, too, are multiplying madly! Hurrah for Free Plants!

~~~A Gardener's Work is Never Done ~~~

12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poppy! I had some standard red poppies in my last garden but have yet to find a nook for some in my garden here, they are definitely on my lists of plants to make a spot for. The color of yours is so pretty. I just caught up on your other posts, your garden is looking very nice, and your index card a day challenge sounds like a lot of fun. :) ~April

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    1. I am playing catchup too April, need to read other blogs and bring replies up to date here.
      So happy you are thinking about poppies for your own garden ~ and the wonderful thing is they are happy to spread themselves freely Deb xo

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  2. What a delightful poppy! And your photography is wonderful! The flower looks like a frilly skirt from the '50's! I just love the color. Thanks for sharing! xo Jane

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    1. Yes, Jane, the blooms take on different personalities each day and a frilly 50's style skirt is one of them. Deb xo

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  3. I love, love this poppy and I have always wanted them in my garden. I moved so much that I never did plant them anywhere. Love the color…
    Need to go for a swim…}~~~O
    Hugs, Margot

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    1. Maybe it is time to buy a packet of poppy seed and start sowing? Deb xo

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  4. Hello Friend~
    Mine are a bit more orange in color. I do think they are all beautiful and they last for such a short time. Mine usually get done in by rain, too. I started with a couple of plants and they are spreading nicely. Your photos are just lovely.

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    1. They do come in a wonderful array of colour, and these are more orange in person too. The rain is already doing its evil work this morning. Thank you for stopping by! Deb xo

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  5. Such beauties! I just love your Coral Sea oriental poppies, Deb! It's fascinating to watch the blossoms open. Hope the weather will be kind to these delicate, paper thin treasures! What a wonderful post today! ♡

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    1. Sometimes I pop in and out over many hours to watch the slow progress of a bursting bud. Thank goodness they are just outside the door and across the lawn. The weather is already doing its worst. Deb xo

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  6. Some oriental poppies that I grew from seed are starting to bulk up flower well now and are lovely They are singles and the centres are incredible

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    1. Wow, I didn't know you could grow from seed, I was told Orientals seed wasn't viable! will have to try.

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