Sunday, May 23, 2010

Let a thousand flowers bloom

Even if they're all exactly the same type that you've seen before.

These garish things look amazing in the spring sunshine after a colourless winter. Hurrah!


Gia's Spot said...

Not garish at all, spectacular! Are they wild?

Rod said...

No, they're essentially cultivated.

I think they're of the type Papaver Laciniatum. I first saw them growing on a rice paddy bank near a cottage garden that was full of them. So I waited until they went to seed and sprinkled them in my garden. This is the third year that they've appeared since, and they're spreading, although it would be easy to eliminate them by pulling them up if I wanted to to.

They have a curious milky, fruity smell up close.

Unfortunately they don't look so good after heavy wind and rain.