Thursday, 2 July 2009

Unexpected visitor......

She does not visit very often and is totally unpredictable.....
She stands out in a crowd and loves to be the centre of attention.....

She would look even more beautiful amongst lilac and pale pink......


but she has a mind of her own....if she chooses yellows and whites, so be it.....
I tolerate her moods.....I have not seen her for two years.......
I give you, the black peony poppy. She will last but a day.........fleeting she will be.......but a treasure none the less........



26 comments:

Terry said...

She's beautiful! You're so lucky to have her visit your garden! Enjoy your day:0)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I adore dark flowers and love this poppy--I think she picked the perfect spot, as she really does stand out. If she only lasts a day, I'm sure she wanted to be certain that you would find her! (Plants are smart that way, ;-) (P.S. Still very much enjoying the tea!)

Gail said...

She's lovely Cheryl and all the more because she is so shy and fleeting! gail

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful. It's wonderful to have her whenever she chooses to show up. I looked for peony poppy seeds this spring and couldn't find any. Guess they need to be ordered online. She really is the queen of the garden if only for just one day.
Marnie

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Goodness! She DOES stand out in a crowd. Just beautiful. I am not familiar with this beauty.

What variety of nasturium is that in your header? So pretty.

I love how you write.

Cheryl said...

Hi Monica.....I have found some more this afternoon....not ready to bloom but in the same bed. This is good news, very good news......

Glad you are enjoying the tea.....

Cyndee Greene said...

Oooo Cheryl...she is absolutely STUNNING! Take some time to sit & enjoy her. And then.....ask.... what she is here to teach you...
Thank you for sharing her w/ us!
I think I will do the same in seeking her guidance.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Marnie.....I would be happy to send you some seeds....just let me know......
They are a very classy Poppy......

Cheryl said...

Hi Donna...thank you, most kind.
The nasturtium is a seed from some I planted last year....it appeared!!
I cannot remember its name (oh dear).....will be glad to send you some later in the year.....

Cheryl said...

I will indeed Cyndee.....time to sit and ponder......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh, this is a gorgeous flower. What a beauty. It just makes you want more and more. Lucky that she chose to show up this year.

Rose said...

She is beautiful, Cheryl! I'm sure you're happy to see her wherever she decides to pop up. None of my poppy seeds germinated this year, but...there's always next year!

Racn4acure said...

So beautiful! What a treat for you, and for us! Art

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....and Rose.....these is a really beautiful poppy. Why are poppies so difficult to germinate? I remember the late and great Christopher Lloyd saying the same....
I have some really beautiful poppies this year and many different colours. It is obviously a good year for them.....

ShySongbird said...

How lovely Cheryl, now she is the sort of visitor I wouldn't mind descending on me unexpectedly! Such a beautiful colour.

I hope you have had some much needed rain today, we have. Are you and Mr P enjoying your time out together this week?

beckie said...

OHHHHH!Cheryl, you have the touch. :) None of the black poppy seeds you sent came up, in fact not one of the many I tried have grown. :( I will just have to enjoy them here.

Hope you are having a great week. We cooled down a lot and it has been heaven. I have been tired this week as we really pushed at work, so not much done in the garden.(or house either!)

Thanks for sharing your visitor. :)

marmee said...

wow she is worth the wait. so beautiful...i love dark petals.
it's a good thing you happened to be home when she decided to bloom.

Cheryl said...

Hi Jan....she is a real beauty...I believe I have some more dotted in that border....

We had a short burst of rain during the night....none today....it is really so dry. I have brown grass and lots of clover.....it actually looks pretty. The plants are struggling....but the native meadow border has worked wonderfully well....this is the way to go ...

We have had a fabulous week....lots of lunches out....family came to supper this evening....played hide and seek with the little ones....
it is just nice to be able to spend some time together.....we are just so busy most of the time....

Have a lovely weekend....so pleased you had some rain....big puff please, could do with it here......

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie....Poppies are so hard....everyone says they are easy, I have never found it so.....
if they like your soil, they stay....if not they are up and out of there......
I can't tell you how pleased I am to see this beautiful poppy back....

It has been a sweltering week.....I have not been so hot for a long time.....I confess I have struggled this week....

It has been lovely having Mr P home.....lots of lunches out and strolling around local villages window shopping.....family came this evening and had supper....the children came and played, we had such fun together.....they lift me high.....they have my heart....

Sorry to hear you are so busy....don't worry about the house Beckie, it is only a house.....it will sort out at some point. We all become too obsessed with our homes.....I don't do that anymore....there are much more important things to do than housework.....

Take care my friend, and happy 4th July to you and yours.....

Cheryl said...

She is a gorgeous bloom Marmee and all the more precious because she is so fleeting.....

Q said...

Oh my goodness! She is so very beautiful...only onw day but my she is gorgeous!
You are a lucky lady indeed!
If you have some seed to share I would love to add her to my poppy bed!
Beautiful! A treat for when it is so hot.
Sherry

marmee said...

p.s.

i love your new header photo!

NCmountainwoman said...

Sometimes the rare and short-lived things are the best. What a wonderful flower. I'm so glad she visited and that you shared this lovely poppy with us.

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Wow..love that color !
She sure does stand out.
I see a new header...very eye catching just like your last one.

Deb said...

How beautiful ~ if only for a day!

Wendy said...

Oh, you do have a way with words! What an original way to present Ms. black peony poppy! She looks absolutely exotic. And does stand out in your garden. I don't think I've ever seen one before. Thank you for sharing.