red poppy lit by the setting sun

Poppies, June’s Plant of the Month

I’ve picked poppies as June’s Plant of the Month, but depending on the type and where you are they can start blooming as early as March.

In the Arizona desert the wild California poppies bloom only when there’s enough rain, which is approximately once every four years, usually in late February, early March. wild flowers bloom once every four years in the Arizona desertWelsh poppies bloom in the early spring, with tissue-thin flowers that are range from yellow to orange.Backlit Orange PoppiesBack-lit Orange Poppies in springtimeBacklit Yellow PoppiesThe delicate Welsh poppy seed pods appear in July. Welsh poppy seed pods appear in JulyWelsh poppy seed pods appear in JulyThe poppies that bloom in June range from orange-red to purple-red with the occasional pinks.a bee on a red poppyJune poppies in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.Poppies in Monet's Garden in Giverny, FranceWild poppies and cornflowers in the photo app Psykopaint. Wild poppies and cornflowers in the photo app PsykopaintRed poppies by a lake in a Copenhagen Park, Denmark. Red poppies by a lake in a Copenhagen Park, DenmarkFiery red poppy aglow in the late afternoon light.red poppy aglowI had these coral pink poppies in my garden where they willingly posed for me.Watercolour sketch of coral pink poppiesMy watercolour on cheap paper doesn’t do justice to the intense coral colour of the flowers.the intense coral colour of the flowersAfter the poppy had lost its petals and stamens the only thing left was this fuzzy purple centre with the seed pod forming underneath. After the poppy had lost its petals and stamens the only thing left is this fuzzy purple centre with the seed pod forming underneathRed poppy with a young seed pod forming next to it. Janet's poppySketching dried out Poppy seed pods.Pink Poppy Seed Pod Sketch

 

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