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Poppy seed heads

The Drug Baron’s Veg Bed

There are always a heap of weeds in my veg bed, I pull out a lot in the spring but I always leave some of the borage, foxgloves, dandelions and poppies, plus a few edible things that come back every year, and occasional other weeds that look pretty. Pleased with the lack of competition, the chosen few grow into monsters. This year there has been a particularly fine crop of opium poppies, so much so that it is beginning to look like a drug-barons veg bed. There is veg in there somewhere, too. The veg would do better without the weeds, but I have happy bees 🙂

Poppy seed heads

Poppy seed heads

very red very frilly poppy

The reddest poppy in the garden, 25th April

The reddest poppy in the garden: Actually the only poppy at present, but this plant produces flowers of such an astronomical red that it is really quite hard to know how to draw them. You can’t even photograph them without the camera losing some of the detail and just filling it in in a sort of block red. I suspect it of secretly fluorescing: converting additional UV light into red light too, so that it actually gives off more red light than the eye thinks would actually be possible. Needless to say, I have not done it justice, but I had a go.

very red very frilly poppy

very red very frilly poppy

It is possible you are so blinded by the red you cannot see the cats in this one: they are behind the poppy…