Papaver rhoeas is the Flanders poppy, a common European and British annual that thrives in cultivated land. The seeds can lie dormant for decades, only to sprout when exposed to light. Open pollinated variations on the basic red, pink or white theme are all over the Summer garden, Cottage garden, and Bulb meadow, producing bright colour for the start of the long summer season.
|Papaver rhoeas provides bright colour in the Summer Garden....|
|....and in the cottage garden....|
..and in the bulb meadow
|Pink flowered Shirley poppy|
|Red flowered Shirley poppy|
Much the same can be said of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. Dozens of different seed strains are available, singles and doubles, in a bright variety of different colours and colour combinations, but all having the waxy, glaucous foliage that tells of their arid land origins. Personally, I find them a bit overblown - except when the buds are unfurling. Then, their beauty is at its most evident.
|Unfurling bud of a double flowered opium poppy, Papaver somniferum|