Sunday, 14 June 2020

papaver rhœas

The poppy seeds I gathered and spread last year failed to germinate—so will try again, but there’s quite an untended eruption of flowers (Klatschmohn) along the neighbour’s fence line, most in the vivid, distinctive red with orange tint, coquelicot from the French name for the wild corn poppy popularised by the paintings of Claude Monet, but there was a singular one with a pale lavender colouring that I had never seen before.
The red symbolises remembrance, white peace and the deep purple cultivar is used to acknowledge the role of service animals in combat, but for this particular shade I can’t find other examples of. Have you seen poppies in this colour?