Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Know Your Poppies!

Know Your Poppies
"Earth laughs in flowers."~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ 
I took this photo at Blithewold Gardens, a few days ago. I could not make any sense from the anatomy of this flower. It looked like a peony, yet it had all the characteristics of a poppy. When I found it's identification on a nearby stand, I was amazed to discover that this beautiful specimen is called... are you ready for this one???  A Peony Poppy! They were in full bloom planted in long rows, just incredibly beautiful to view! Their color alone, a symphony to the eye.
I researched them thru my friend, google and discovered that although, not familiar with this variety, they are quite popular. They are also know as opium poppies, a low-morphine variety and legal. Opium, low-morphine, yikes! I guess you better know your poppies before you plant them! I can just hear it all now; but officer they were so pretty, I really didn't know??? Who would believe that someone raised in the sixties wouldn't know? Guilty by age and association, I guess. I could plead ignorance, If found guilty, and hopefully spend the rest of my time spreading seeds of happiness, one smile at a time! All legal of course!

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5 comments:

Roan said...

Lethal, yet lovely. Looks like it would be a nice addition to the garden. Good thing you contacted Mr. Google before planting.

Pam said...

Lethal, but legal....Thought- God's creation intended for His Created. //:-) (a sixties' sister too)
- Pam

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Well, whaddaya know? A peony poppy! Beautiful flower.

hootnonny said...

They look like peonies! Beautiful!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love these poppies and haven't been able to get my hands on them! My favorites are peonies followed by poppies so imagine my delight when I saw these for the first time! I may have to order them in the mail but I must have them! Thanks for sharing.

~Shanon

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