Thursday, 11 June 2015

Papaver Orientalis "Royal Wedding"

Gentle Reader ~~~

Very little, other than nature allowed free reign, is happening in the garden, but I managed a few quick moments to capture the perfection of poppies that are bursting forth in brightly, blousy, beauty even as I type ~~~

I apologise to those of you who also blog, that I am struggling to read, never mind leave comments, on your lovely online journals, but I am hoping to get a round to doing so very soon. I know there are many lovely words and pictures to look forward to ~~~

Some three years ago, just as the plants in pots were going over at the local independent Plantsman's Garden Centre, I picked up a bargain of two pots of oriental poppies for the knock~down price of just £4.00!!! I could not resist, especially as they were Royal Wedding and Patty's Plum ~ two beautiful poppies, but then, when poppies are in your top five most favourite plants, what poppy isn't beautiful in its papery and transient delicate froth of tissue paper petals ~~~

You may remember, a week or so ago, that I shared photographs of my Coral Sea oriental, and now the Royal Wedding is coming in to rival it in all its majesty.

Royal Wedding is the most pristine white bloom imaginable, and releases from the green bud in a crumpled mass of petals that rival any royal wedding gown ~~~ the centre is deep purple and pink, with dark spots and it is one of my absolute favourites in the orientals that I grow ~~~

This was the first bloom to open, and is perfectly offest with early flowering borage bridesmaids in attendance ~~~ also, the perfect garnish for your royal Gin and Tonic ~~~


Wild foxgloves, too, adorn the garden ~~~


and I think I'm in poppy heaven ~~~


Set against a perfect blue and cloudless sky ~~~


Let us take a closer peek, shall we?


~~~in we go ~~~


Wouldn't this make a perfect hat for Royal Ascot that Gertrude Shilling would be proud of ~~~


I just love the colours and textures, so full of  movement too, in the omnipresent breezes of the Shire ~~~




and now there are two ~~~


So perfectly pristine, so glistening, blisteringly white, in the bright, early morning light as the sun climbs from the east, rising into the pristine and clear blue sky above my cottage in the Shire ~~~

19 comments:

  1. Fantastic photos! And a beautiful plant too.

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    1. Thank you Mark. It is a plant that does very well in my garden.

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  2. Deb that is one amazingly beautiful flower. I had poppies one year but the wild rabbits ate them (or perhaps the deer?) so I've not tried to grow them again. Is that blue flower Borage? You are not only a Gardener but a Garden Writer!

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    1. Oh, that is a shame. Could you put something around them to stop the rabbits? Yes, it is a Borage. I sowed a few seeds one year and now I am never without! Easy peasy gardening.

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  3. Deb, your poppy is gorgeous as is your photography! Wishing you blue skies and blooming poppies! ♥

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  4. Just lovely, Deb! Your garden is making magic under the sunny, blue skies! Enjoy the moments during these young summer days! ♡

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    1. Thank you Dawn ~ here in Wales we are still waiting for Spring, never mind Summer!

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  5. Breath taking!!! Deb, your garden wins. As I said before, I love poppys. So delicate.
    It is so hot here and I am feeling sorry for my droopy flowers.

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    1. So sorry for your droopy flowers Margot.

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  6. Deb,
    A beautiful post and beautiful photography!
    Thank you!
    Chris in West Texas

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  7. Such beautiful poppies. We went to visit a National Trust house yesterday & all along the roads & fields were bright red poppies, just beautiful.
    Fondly Michelle

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    1. Oh, I can just imagine that. A splendid sight, I'm sure it was. Quintessentially the English countryside!

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  8. How gorgeous! It is so wonderful. I can't wait to see the other one, too. Patty's Plum sounds interesting. Are all poppies perennials? Or are there annuals, too?

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    1. I have a mixed bag, Darlene. The annuals are not unlike perennials though, because they freely sow their seeds and spring up everywhere ~ and I let them to it!

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  9. I find the centres of poppies fascinating - miniature coronation crowns.

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    1. Aren't they just? I love them ~ so do the bees.

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  10. Late to read this....your photos are stunning. How intricate has God made flowers. All for us to enjoy!

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