Monday, April 12, 2010

Poppies Can't Wait

Poppies are opening on the heels of departing Daffodils as Dogwood petals are swirling to the ground like snow.

Pink papaver somniferum have petals that invite touching. They look and feel like finest silk crepe with tiny pleats.


Fringed red poppies with a purple blotch also have a look of silk. It's amazing to see the petals unfold from the bud, so tightly packed inside.


Roses are impatient, too. These were first to have an open blossom, others have buds with color.


Butterflies are arriving in larger numbers daily as more azaleas open. Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails are the most numerous.

22 comments:

  1. Hello Nell,

    Your poppies are so beautiful, and yes, I do want to reach out to touch their petals....so it is probably a good thing that I can't do it through the computer ;-)

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  2. Hello,
    I did just what you said-yesterday. Everything seems to be all fixed up. Now I just need to find the time to play around there :)

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  3. Living in a place where the bell rings for plants to spring into action, there is opportunity to really witness plants taking turns for their lovely colourful catwalk.

    Over at my place, bigger trees do take turn on blooming time, but plants in my little garden, are not accustomed to queuing.

    ~ bangchik
    Putrajaya, Malaysia

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  4. Wonderful poppies! Love that azalea border! The butterflies do love the azaleas, but my azaleas are just a few years old and still small, and I only have a total of six. It must be wonderful to have so many old specimens.

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  5. Lovely poppies and roses. I love the view of your azaleas also. Your place looks lovely as usual. Enjoy.

    FlowerLady

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  6. Gorgeous poppies. Oh and the azaleas are stunning. The azaleas here on the coast are also showing themselves like never before. Just awesome.

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  7. Nell..those are beautiful poppies, what fun you are having in your lovely garden..I enjoy visiting it as I wait for spring blooms in my neck of the woods.

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  8. Beautiful poppies Nell Jean. You know, it's a plant I've never grown (except for our native wild poppy, which isn't really related). An oversight that I think I need to remedy!

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  9. the poppies are so fun to shoot! from the bud phase to when they start to "pop" open, and from their fresh, billowy petals to the dried seeds remaining on the stem, they've got a lot of interesting sides! yours are beautiful!

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  10. Sigh. You live in such a beautiful place. I'm trying not to be totally jealous.

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  11. You are so far ahead of us!! My poppy seedlings are just now getting their second set of leaves. Love your pink ones...really pretty.

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  12. Nell Jean: Your poppies are so beautiful! I cannot grow poppies in my area, so I can only admire through the computer screen here.

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  13. Poppies always remind me of my mother who always has poppies in her garden.

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  14. Nell, I'm actually relieved to see your poppies are blooming! I've been worried that mine would roast in the high temps that we've been having.

    That pink is just so stunning!

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  15. Nell Jean, Your beautiful garden in S.Georgia is so far ahead of mine in zone 5. It gives me hope that before long mine will be as full and lovely. But I don't have poppies. I avoided toxic plants when the grandchildren where younger and putting everything into their mouths. Now they are older, I think I can safely plant poppies, foxglove and some others that I have resisted. Lovely post. Pam xx

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  16. Oh Nell, you are in the best time of gardening!! My poppies are just starting to come back to life, though I am secretly extremely happy to day that the seed scattering I did last year with the spent poppy heads has lead to LOADS!! of my favourite everywhere - yipppee. We bought another rose at the weekend but again, all 3 roses are just waking up. Well, at least I have it all to look forward to, but, oh I am a bit jealous that you have the glory of it all right now (I'm so impatient). Lovely post - thank you xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. My poppy plants are quite large, not buds yet though.

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  18. ah: poppies! i am soo jealose!

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  19. I started taking your poll.I do most of those things, except that I hate to blog about illness or accidents.

    I do not ask others to post as a guest.

    I have returned to edit a post that I was not happy with.

    And, I HOPE I have not hurt any feelings over something I blogged. Certainly did not mean to do so, if I did.

    Other that that, I am guilty of all those other things.

    I love your poppies. I have not one poppy, again this year. I don't know what is wrong with my poppy plantin'.
    This is about 3 years they have not come up.

    I have only a few sweet peas, too.

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  20. Not fair...you have a head start of me...lol
    Awesome blooms !
    I'm starting poppies for the first time ever this year...just gotta make room for them. Hope they're as pretty as yours.

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  21. I love the poppies...my tiny self-seeded ones are just beginning to show up; I was getting worried.

    and roses and dogwood. Just too beautiful for words

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  22. I love all the azaleas in the last pictures. All of ours are opening up right now in Eastern NC. Beautiful!

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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