The Pink ruffled poppies below appear to be enfolded in an sweet embrace....it's love in the garden!
These are new in my garden this year, and have been such a delight! The seed was purchased from an Ebay seller and winter sown in mid-February, then transplanted to the garden.
The color is a lovely shade of pink. The green seed head is surrounded by light colored stamens and four lavender blotches in the center of each flower.
Though most were double with ruffles (hence their name) there were also some singles, such as the one above. It seems the ones I planted in poorer soil tended to be singles.
This one was grown in one of my vegetable beds with rich soil, and is very double... with so many ruffles that the seed-head and lavender center aren't even visible!
The bees are crazy about these poppies! The above photo has four bees busily gathering pollen on this blossom, but I counted up to 9 bees on one flower at the same time. (Click to enlarge.)
Each flower only lasts only a few days, but the seed heads which follow are beautiful as well, with their bluish gray color cast.
In case you haven't noticed, Poppies are one of my all time favorite flowers! I like to try new varieties, but I think my first choice will always be the Shirley poppies because of the length of bloom time and the varied and wonderful shades of color produced from the pollination by bees. I hope to do a post on them soon!