Welcome to Day 5 of Poppy Week!
Yesterday my red remembrance poppies lost all their colour turning completely white. Today, in a somewhat ‘War of the Roses’ feel they proudly show their red AND white side:
(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand) 🙂This classic bright red beauty has developed a fine white border around the outer edge of her petals. Along with the scarlet poppy variation next to it this picture shows the two most frequent shades of colour among my poppy patches. 🙂
This gorgeous bloom has both the wider border and the black cross (with a thin white lip at the tips!) Unusually, it has also developed a fuchsia coloured hue between the black cross ‘bars’! The red valerian behind makes a beautiful background accompaniment but really needs to brush up it’s ideas on the colour it is named for. 🙂
In this perfect example of how my poppies vary from one year to the next then keep reproducing the ‘new’ features you can see the ‘new’ fuchsia pink centre which would normally be bright red. if you expand this to the max you’ll find the outer edges of this flower bathed in thousands of micro drops of early morning dew. 🙂
This poppy is a doppelganger of the previous one taken at the same time, but is yet to fully open out. The white fur-lined ‘clock’ is reflecting colour from the surrounding petals. The dewdrops are larger on this poppy making them easier to see. The sharp line of colour change on the right hand side petal is due to the opposite side petal partially shading it from the early morning sun. 🙂
More variations in Day 6 tomorrow. 🙂