After saving the first poppy to open from a downpour a couple of weeks ago it was put in a vase and I was pleased to see it lasted several days. So now that the poppies are at their peak I decided to make them the focus of this week’s vase for Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden.
As you can see in the picture below the ferns really accentuate their colour in the rockery, which gave me the idea to combine them in a vase.
I added Lady’s Mantle…
… which is another plant with lime green foliage, and it looks particularly pretty just before the flowers open too.
I am so glad I cut these on Sunday, as Sunday evening we had a big thunderstorm with absolutely torrential rain and they are now looking rather bedraggled…
These poppies all came from one packet of seeds, sown out many years ago (I just looked it up – 2006!) in a container in early summer and planted out in the following autumn. From just a few plants I now have quite a display, so if you are hesitating in trying out Papaver orientale I can only sing their praise and have never had any problems, except for them getting too vigorous at times and seeding themselves out in the wrong place!
Thanks to Cathy for hosting, and have a good week!