Old Botanical Print 1885
In the garden are many beautiful Opium poppies. Enormous big fat flower buds opening into red and pink flowers. They usually have single petals but some of them have produced complex frilly red flowers.
We have no idea where they came from, they are another of natures bountiful gifts to arrive in the garden.
Opium poppy cultivation in the United Kingdom does not require a license, but extracting opium for medicinal products does.
Their seeds make a delicious topping on bread, apparently they can also be dry roasted, ground and added to curry paste.
For me, this image recalls the organic inspiration behind an Art Nouveau fabric or wallpaper design.
wild Poppy and wild Foxgloves together