Finally, my poppies (Papaver Orientale 'Checkers') have flowered! I have been anxiously waiting as the buds appeared, but no sign of the flowers. Then they started to open but the weather turned wet and I was worried that the petals would turn to mush inside the buds.
Happily, that didn't happen and they are looking lovely. I grew these from seed and although the flowers aren't quite as big as they have been in the past, they are still beautiful.
The pattern and colours are amazing. The blotches look black but are a deep burgundy/purple.
I couldn't resist adding this astrantia in, even though it is nothing to do with the poppies. Nature's designs are amazing.