Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Poppy Show.

There are many varieties of Poppy, but the one I like best is the Iceland Poppy (papaver nudicaule ). Last year I asked Gudrun if they had lots of them there as she lives in Iceland. She has just left a comment on yesterday's post saying she remembers me asking last year and YES they do grow there. Thanks for finding out Gudrun.


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/  
photos enlarge with clicking ).

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Pretty fabrics....gorgeous bright poppy flower!

julieQ said...

Really pretty flower. I like poppies too, but your fabric, there is the real draw for me!

Molly said...

Beautiful flower, beautiful fabric! Be sure to show us pictures of what you do with it!

Françoise said...

Beautiful. This is one of my favourite flowers!

loulee said...

Almost as pretty as the real thing.

Joyce said...

I love, love that poppy fabric. Do you know who makes it?

Guðrún said...

The fabrics are lovely.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, aren't they beautiful? I love the gorgeous colors in that fabric!

Rose Marie said...

I've tried growing Iceland poppies, but it is just too hot here for them to survive. They are such a delicate looking flower.

Meggie said...

I can see why you had to have that gorgeous red poppy fabric!!
I have been admiring the poppies at the local florist. I love the way their petals are all wrinkled when they first burst forth, then they become smooth & perfect!

ElisabethR said...

I am a new patchwork shop in Balarat, Victoria Australia and I have been asked to locate Robert Kaufman screen print 8465 (brown poppies) - can anyone help please?

Heathers3stars said...

http://www.jbquiltingfabrics.co.uk/shop/spring-hill-by-robert-kaufman-large-poppy-stems-vintage-p-2187.html

I have found this fabric here - and this seems to be the ONLY place I could find it!!

Good luck : )