Often they are orange so it's not the colour that attracts me, I think it is the simple form of the flower, it's fleeting life span; it's delicate petals and it's beautiful open simple face. ( the part that attracts bees )It does have a smell but not one I'd rave over. Usually my favourite flowers are those with wonderful perfume- ( carnations;violets; freesias; roses )
The photo above is the 2nd one to flower - I prefer the colour of the first one I showed back on 29th August. ( I won't be showing every single one that flowers! ) I also love it's hairy buds and stem. They pick well too.
I just looked on http://www.kingsseeds.co.nz and they have Oriental; Shirley; Californian; Peony; Corn poppies and one variety of Iceland Poppy. ) The ones flowering for me now I bought as plants but I also grew a whole packet of seeds - it took forever ( over the past few Winter months ) and I only planted those out last Saturday - still very tiny, so hopefully I may have poppies all summer.
Now to fabric.
The 2 fabrics on the left are for a bag I am going to make this Friday. Denise is taking a class at our P & Q Club's Midnight Madness. The fabric on the right I just could not leave in the shop - Does that happen to you? There wasn't much left on the bolt so I bought it all. Yes, I already have one other red and black oriental poppy fabric in my small stash, but I have plans as well! ( a poppy Quilt or wall hanging ) Both these fabrics have outlines in gold and are from Robert Kaufman "Spring Hill," line, screen print #8465 - made in Japan. http://www.robertkaufman.com/