They are self-sown and so of course are usually to be found in all the wrong places, in amongst the veggie patch, right at the front of the border, in the gravel path, you name it. I don’t have the heart to pull them out until after they’ve flowered though, they are so fantastic.
Linda used them as inspiration for her workshops Page to Stitch: Painterly Poppies. I’ve popped a link to that just below if you’d like to check that out. You’ll see that the flowers she worked with had more of a cooler purple colour, this year in my garden they’ve all come up with this glow-in-the-dark pink, there’s not a purple one to be seen!
Perhaps you have some in your garden that you can get out and draw from or photograph? If not, then you are welcome to click on any of the photos on this page to go to a slightly larger version that you can print out and use. I love the cool silvery-green foliage with the hot pink petals don’t you? What a great colour combination.
Linda and I often find inspiration in our gardens. Whatever the season there is usually something interesting to study and draw, whether it’s the bare branches of trees and hedges in winter or the glorious full blooms of summer. At the moment, these lovely poppies are coming into flower on a daily basis.
Sometimes they are single flowers, sometimes doubles with raggedy edges like this one.