At first glance this poppy may seem to be a normal, lightish red poppy that is glaring with bright reflected sunlight, but that picture is actually very true to colour!
The poppy was a more orange shade of red than the rest but the petals do fade to white near the outer edges and have thin red veins. There is an exceptionally rich large, black cross in the centre which also has a thin white outer edge to it.
If you look very closely you can see that the centre seed pod besides having a dozen or so radial arms on it’s top also (quite unusually) has the same number of ‘amputated’ arms around the very outside.
The second photo shows the poppy seed pods once the petals and stamen have fallen away but before they have dried out and turned straw-coloured and hard, which is when the little ‘hatches’ open near the top of the pod to let hundreds of poppy seeds fall to the ground for next years crop. 🙂
I love the spiky little new poppy bud just left of the Flower! 🙂