Wordless Wednesday – Purple Poppies

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92 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Purple Poppies

  1. Anne says:

    These are ever so pretty! I have only seen pale pink ones like this – and I spot a much darker one in the background. Lovely to see.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Anne. I have both red and mauve, which sometimes cross pollinate, creating raspberry and wine colors, which are delightful surprises!

  2. Dee Min says:

    Delicately pretty!!!!

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Aren’t they stunners!

  4. Sheree says:

    Fabulous colour and photo

  5. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! If I had those growing in my garden they would make me very happy. 😃

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  7. Who can resist purple flowers, especially when they are loaded with pollen covered anthers?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, these are annual favorites. I have red and mauve that I keep in separate beds to minimize crossing, but this year, there is a splendid wine-colored cross, that I hope returns true, but one never knows with P. somniferum.

  8. What a lovely shade of purple! Gorgeous poppies!

  9. Alice says:

    So frilly, and an amazing color. Hoping the bees have found them.

  10. Jewels says:

    So pretty Eliza! 😍

  11. shoreacres says:

    I’m still surprised when I see poppies that aren’t orange. I was introduced to them in California, where they cover the hills in spring, and that’s “poppy” to me. That said, what a luscious color!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Linda. There are lots of different species of poppies and most are in the red, white and purple range … there are Oriental poppies which have lush orange blooms and many cultivars that are salmon, red and white. Those CA poppies you mention aren’t true poppies, their genus is Eschscholzia, while poppies are Papaver! Common names can be deceiving… even some mallows carry the name ‘poppy.’ Nature is amazing. I was blessed to see a CA super bloom once and seeing this hills covered in orange is unforgettable!

  12. Pretty purple poppies! 💜 (I just had to roll the Ps 😉) The color is gorgeous!

  13. neihtn2012 says:

    Outstanding! I love them!

  14. Dale says:

    Purplelicious purple!

  15. The colour and detail is wonderful!

  16. sandyjwhite says:

    Simply love that color, Eliza.

  17. susurrus says:

    What beautiful colours!

  18. Debbie says:

    So beautiful — just proves once again that Nature really is the best color designer!

  19. jillslawit says:

    Ooh, I like these.

  20. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful purple poppies Eliza! 💜

  21. Kris P says:

    *SIGH* I received an “invitation” to pre-order bulbs, including Papaver orientale roots with flowers similar to those you photographed, from a seller this morning. I’ve had zero success with poppies in the past but I looked into what the Sunset Western Garden Book had to say, only to find that even my Sunset zone is well outside of range 😦

  22. Widdershins says:

    Such richness. 🙂

  23. Tina says:

    Oh, that color! Gorgeous!

  24. I can think of a dozen adjectives to describe these beautiful flowers, but they all seem inadequate. Beautiful!

  25. Nancy says:

    Beautiful color!

  26. What gorgeous color, Eliza. I wonder if someone bred it simply for the alliterative pleasure of being able to call them purple poppies. 😊

  27. Bela Johnson says:

    Oooooo. Want. 🤗❤️

  28. Pretty purple poppies portrait, Eliza.

  29. Jet Eliot says:

    Very lovely poppy photo…what a rich and elegant color!

  30. Pepper says:

    Eliza, you really captured the details of the pretty poppies beautifully. Well done! 😊👏

  31. Maria says:

    Such gorgeous rich colour!

  32. The Online Etymology Dictionary offers this insight about the word poppy: “Associated with battlefields and war dead at least since Waterloo (1815), an association cemented by John McCrae’s World War I poem, they do not typically grow well in the soil of Flanders but were said to have been noticeably abundant on the mass graves of the fallen French after 1815, no doubt nourished by the nutriments below. Poppy-seed is from early 15c.; in 17c. it also was a small unit of length (less than one-twelfth of an inch).”

  33. Beautiful such vibrant colours 🙂

  34. Jane Lurie says:

    Stunning, lush purples, Eliza. And the interior of the blooms is captured so well.

  35. Vinny says:

    Wow that is beautiful. Never seen a purple one

  36. Adele Brand says:

    That is interesting. I don’t think I’ve seen purple poppies before either. Orange, yellow, and the various red species of course.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are starting to be more common as more people grow them. I love when the red and purple cross and the blooms come out raspberry to burgundy wine coloured. But I must guard the originals in separate beds so they aren’t lost.

  37. Beautiful! I love those centers … great sharp detail!

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