All the dried poppy heads were cut down and brought inside in advance of the big rains we had recently. Taking great care, I might add, not to turn them upside down, to avoid all the seeds spilling out the top. I will take them outside later in the season and sprinkle them around, to increase next years crop. I left some of them out, uncut. The seeds from those will be easily dispersed by the wind.
Nine pictures might seem like a lot of images to take of the dried fruit of a flower. But seriously. They are so beautiful.
I fully intend to draw and paint some later this summer.
These are papaver semipervum also known as opium poppies. They are cultivated widely for a variety of purposes - medicinal use, for seeds which are edible, and of course for their beauty in the garden. I just bought a book about poppies. Can you tell from that last sentence that I just started reading it? It's full of information. For example did you know that opium is extracted from a latex substance produced in the fruit capsule? I didn't. Count on me to keep you up to date with anything equally fascinating I happen to come across in my reading.