White poppies Guardian

poppyWoke up early at the beach hut on Saturday to find myself a stranger in a strange land To explain: a new bank of umbellifers (I think) has swamped the southern border, with the silver birch and blue cedar almost disappearing under a 5ft wall of white pollen. The rugosa, too, was struggling in lush growth. The woodpile nearly obliterated by a nettle forest. But the biggest shock was along the southern wall, where a few poppy tufts are now a giant hydra-headed hedge!

Scarlet-haired poppy head

All-too easily and predicably I became obsessed with the poppies. You see, my Devon childhood was suffused with cornfields peppered with tiny poppies, too small and too quick to drop their bloodstained petals to pick.poppy e Gorgia O'Keefe poppy porn

These saturated scarlets were a Georgia O'Keefe painting run riot. The heavy, hairy buds hung in the air like so many scrotal sacs. But it was when the buds split that the real awakening happened. Like a monstrous butterfly silkily emerging from its pupa, they sensuously unfold until the black mascara'd centre, like a burlesque singer's midnight make-up, stands surrounded by the reddest papery-est petals I have ever stood and stared at for, oh, hours on end.

Someone please remind me of the name of this flower?

If this all sounds too top-shelf, the cycle trips into town, with swooning crested 'peewit' lapwings, and the sound of the skylarks, the sight of the trembling hour-old foals, riding past the endemic lilac hedges, on through the heady banks of crimson rugosa that line the beach path was a much more wholesome experience.

Sunlit early morning toadstool poppy bloom shroom
HarperCollins Poppy and Ereth (Tales from Dimwood Forest)
Book (HarperCollins)
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CARNIVOROUS Plants...do YOU paint flowers...

2007-03-07 11:07:45 by Luckskind

For most of my career I have avoided 'florals' like poison but
it seems there are many people out there who love them. I have been asked to include them in my portfolio,ust to 'round it out.' So, knowing me, I immediately headed for the poisonous and carnivorous species. You know, you have to have a theme: deadly nightshades, dream-inducing poppies, etc.
Anyway, here are some nice insect-eating plants.
The white leaf balances off the composition.
I am offering it for sale already.
Anybody here paint flowers???
"Waterflowers"
8" x 10"
oil pastels, pencil, acrylics


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