Of all the flowers in my garden i think my poppies are my favorite. In Spring after the Winter rains and the first warm days begin, they put on such a dazzling display of brilliant colour that changes ever day (albeit mostly in Red, which, to be fair, was the original colour i started with!).
Anyone who has followed my blog over the last 3 years or more will have come to realise that the poppies have expanded their repertoire and now come in Red, oranges, peaches, pinks, whites and with contrasting black, brown and white crosses inside. This year i even saw the first shades of purple.
My poppies have surprised me every year with something ‘new’. This year (yesterday in fact) i received the latest surprise. I posted my first poppy of the year pick taken back on August 21 (it was a late Winter this year!). They reached their peak by the end of September and by early November there was nothing left but the odd dried stalk lying on the ground – they’d done their dash.