Welcome to Day 3 of Poppy Week!
Yesterday I showed the minor variations in colour of my red remembrance poppies from deep red to light pink hues.
Here they move into the orange spectrum:
(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand)This white-edged frilled beauty has made the original red remembrance poppy droop it’s head (or was that done by the early morning shower?) 😉 The black cross at the centre has converted into a light brown version more compatible with the delicate orange shade of the petals while the deep golden anthers compliment them both.
No white frill to this orange poppy, instead it has decided to produce one extra petal!? The fifth petal has no brown cross bar on it and is covering over that of the one underneath it, leaving just a brown ‘T’. 🙂
This one has surpassed itself and has grown Five sub-petals to add to the 2 pairs the original poppies are usually limited to. Fortunately it does nothing to detract from their beauty, particularly in the bright morning sunlight where it is surrounded by the stalks of earlier poppy brothers or sisters. 🙂
The colour is seemingly being drained out of this orange poppy through it’s veins and may possibly be giving the surplus colour to it’s little ‘nephew’, the bright orange papaver argemone to the right! 😉
These pictures were all taken in my garden over the previous month and were mostly taken early on the day they first bloomed – they are not in any way ‘sun-bleached’ as some flowers like roses may be, this is exactly how they come into the world.
All photos are the actual shading with the only editing done being close cropping for sharper definition.
More in Day 4 tomorrow. 🙂