09 May 2009

poppies


Iam very fond of opium poppies. I may have to go back and beg or steal the seeds from these, seen a couple of weeks ago outside a mansion block in Bethnal Green. I wouldn't even mind if it wasn't sunny if I had these in my garden.
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9 comments:

Liz said...

Lovely. I grew some in the garden at our previous house but my dad, who used to help out with the gardening, always half expected a visit from the boys in blue!

emmat said...

Not wishing to come across like a smart arse, but I'm pretty sure you will be okay with the law, as opium poppies are never that green and hairy! Papaver somniferum has blue-grey, smooth leaves, and when you cut the forming seed head, while it's still green, a white ooze comes out that, when dry is the raw material for opium.

The hairy ones are probably P.orientale - ? Still central asian, and still full of druggy alkaloids, if it's any consolation

emmat said...

ps it's a stunning picture when i look at it close up. Do you take a normal camera out with you wherever you go, what is your secret?

PrincessPea said...

Beautiful! You've got such a great eye for spotting details like this.

j said...

They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. I hope the homeowners share some of the seeds with you. They would brighten a grey day.

colleen said...

Emma - As if. Now I look more closely I can see that they are different to the p. somniferum that we've grown in the past.

I do take my camera out with me most of the time - except today when I needed it. It's a small point and shoot Fuji Finepix 40fd, not much bigger than a mobile phone.

Susan said...

lovely - such a vivid color.

60 Going On 16 said...

I had a glorious clump growing in my garden until last year . . . destroyed by a "gardener" - allegedly RHS trained and qualified - who was helping with some of the heavier work here. He also managed to obliterate a small myrtle, a rose bush I had planted to mark the spot where a much-loved cat was buried and many other plants besides. Tears were shed when I discovered the multiple losses.

emmat said...

See you have the same camera as me! but your pictures are 1000x better. Wish i had the gift!