FOTD – October 6 – Poppy Week! (Plus One) – Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of Poppy Week!

A bonus day today for my extended Poppy Week! 🙂

This time I thought i’d go back to my original red rememberance poppies with their four pointed black crosses in the centre… only every poppy here has a different take on that ‘standard’, including one i have never before seen in a decade of my always changing poppy show! 🙂

(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand) 🙂
lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-1X marks the spot as this bee lines up for final approach to his target. 🙂

This cross has a fairly thick white tip to it, not all crosses have the white at the end.

 

lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-2The bright red poppy has dramatically thinner legs to it’s cross 🙂

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lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-3Only the two smaller petals on this red-pink poppy have the cross legs with a huge white tip, the larger pair are just pure red-pink. 🙂

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lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-4This incredible remembrance poppy has very wide blue-white tips and a blue tinge to the ‘clock’ as well as having green pollen on it’s stamen where usually it would be black-brown! As if that is not enough variation it has decided to grow two smaller and curled part petals beside the normal four. 🙂

lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-5This magnificent example was one of the largest poppies i grew this year! (The bee is about 2cm (0.8 of an inch) long). It is a rare 6 petal, 6 point cross and has no white tips.     I generally have just one plant that will produce a 6 petal poppy per year. The small white rimmed poppy below is around 3cm (1.5 in) in diameter. 🙂

 

lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-61This poppy was a ‘First’ for me this year – four petals but a five branched cross??? Never seen anything quite like this before. The double spoke was on one of the two smaller inner petals. The black stamen and anthers are typical of most of my remembrance poppies.

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lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-7This gorgeously delicate example seems to have forgotten the rule book on how many petals she’s supposed to have – and i’m very glad she did! Although the extra petals hide the cross quite a lot, the finely white-rimmed petals give it a much softer ‘feminine’ appeal making it one to cherish. 🙂

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lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-9I counted 27 petals on this extreme example of petal overload and under all that frilliness there is indeed a typical black cross!

lovewillbringustogether - Poppies day 8-8Finally, this is perhaps the photo i like the most of all my poppies i’ve posted so far.

I don’t even know what colour that is, but against the dark green background and low light, along with the beautifully shaped petals and curving stem it just makes me smile deeply inside every time i see it… and hold my breath just a little. (Zooming in to it’s largest magnification makes it even more wonderful on a big screen) 🙂

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All photos are the actual shading with the only editing done being close cropping for sharper definition. 🙂

Links to previous day’s poppies:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5.

Day 6

Day 7

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link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – October 6, 2019 – Poppy

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10 comments

    • Thanks Cee, – They’re one of the few flowers i’ve found that seem to delight in flowering ‘off-type’ – so many unusual variations on a standard flower theme.

      I know there are flowers with many different types/colours, but originally in my garden these were basically all identical flowers – i have never bought new varieties, they just re-seed and mutate?

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