Yesterday i found my second poppy for this Spring season (even though it is still Winter here!).
By second i mean the second of the papaver rhoeas variety, of which the original Red or Red/Black i had to begin with have evolved into a considerable range of beautiful colour combinations. This one is a slightly different version of my ‘First’ poppy from the 14th – can you tell how it varies? (Other than the fact it appears to grow out of the grass owing to an ill-placed footstep a few days before while it was sending out the flower spikes!)
The second poppy is of the Papaver argemone variety, i call them ‘wild’ poppies since they appear to have blown into my garden from ‘out in the wild’? This orange one caught my attention because of the dried carapace caught in the stamen. I found this highly unusual as the outer casing of poppy flowers normally falls off the plant as the tightly packed petals open out. It also only makes contact with the ‘back’ side of the petals as seen here and has no direct contact with the stamen and seed case in the centre!
Closer inspection of the flower reveals the answer, but you need to have very good eyesight and you’ll need to expand the image to full size. 🙂