Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Icy Iceland Poppy

As I walked around the garden on this chilly morning, I saw this Salmon colored Iceland Poppy lying flattened on the dirt, sparkling with frost. The stark contrast between the fading flower and the dark ground beneath it prompted me to go inside for my camera.




This variety of Iceland Poppy is called Meadow Pastels. The colors are soft and pretty, this particular color being one of my favorites. They were started from winter sown seed. I had just recently spread a layer of my homemade compost on this bed in preparation for growing my early greens here next year......hence, the squash seed, visible to the left of the flower. :-)




A short distance away from the flower was it's missing petal.

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"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."

~Edwin Way Teale

15 comments:

Jane Marie said...

Ouch, winter is truly coming!

perennialgardener said...

How pretty, it looks sparkly with the frost on it's petals.

Defining Your Home said...

Will you be planting the Iceland Poppies again this winter? Do you direct sow them? That's a pretty color. All of the colors of Iceland that I found online were hot colors. I lik this one a lot. Cameron

Cat said...

The sparkling frosty coat is truly magnificent. Your pictures are certainly an inspiration, Connie! And are not these crisp, sunny days simply divine for working out in the garden?

Connie said...

Cameron - Yes, I will probably sow more of these for next year. I added a couple of links to the above post, one that describes the winter-sowing process and a link to buy seeds for Meadow Pastels Iceland poppies, from Pinetree Garden Seeds. Hope this helps!

O.I.M said...

hello connie. thank you so much for the warm birthday wishes. blotanical thinks of everything. it has been a very special day so far...hubby got me a beautiful garden photography book and made a homemade cake with my daughter. I am indeed spoiling myself. I have already treated myself to an extra slice! Thanks again.
irena

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Connie - I have been meaning to stop by all week and say how much I liked this picture.
K.

Andrea said...

What a great shot of the frozen poppy. We haven't had our first frost yet and I hope it will wait a little longer. Greetings from Germany, Andrea

ChrisND said...

That's an interesting picture of your poppy...I think I will try some winter sowing this year. I got pictures our poppies with rain and snow, but not frost. Our frost has not yet been really below 30F yet...while this week will have some nice days, the night temps should get lower. Well that's the season.

Marie said...

Beautiful "frosty" photos :)
Winter is on it's way!

joey said...

This post makes me a bit sad ;( saying good-bye to our gardens. I love iceland poppies that seem to go on-and-on, giving joy for such a long period.

Chelle said...

I do so love ice-land poppies...and they look so regal laced in frost.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

How sad, but now it is time for all to rest.

inadvertent farmer said...

Somehow that is sadly beautiful, just found you blog...lovely pics!

Garden4Life said...

This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing. :)