How does a poppy flower last for any length of time in the wild? This baffles us and we have no idea!
Our flower only had to travel a short distance from the flowerbed to our studio area. Even so, the number of flowers that lost a petal en-route was beginning to get rather silly! No matter how carefully we moved them, so many dropped a petal or two. We tried carrying one by one, correct way up, upside down, laying on a cushion… Nothing seemed to be suitable for moving a poppy flower!
Fortunately, one flower did manage to brave the journey. He must have been destined to be “the star of our show”. We are so glad he made the effort, as to our eyes, he is rather unusual – if not unique.
As an aside, how do the petals manage to stay on the flowers in the wild? Is being cut such a trauma for the flower that they automatically drop petals? How can they survive any wind, as when being carried the slightest jolt means losing a petal? Questions, questions, questions. We know how to photograph flowers, the fine horticultural details – not so much!
All the others were mostly straight stems or with minor variations. This chap, oh no, straight is far too conventional. No, he wanted to be somewhat different to all the other poppies. “I want to look like a Victorian street light.” He thought to himself. “I may not be able to do a semi-circle with my stem, but look at this – ta da! – right angles. Now if I do enough right angles, in just the right place, with all my straight bits as close to the same length. See, now I look just like a street lamp!”
We do admit, that we didn’t spot him amongst the other poppies. Which is why he didn’t get chosen straight away. Only when the others had been thinned out did his impression become truly visible.
None of the other poppies looked anything like approaching this, what really made him grow like this is anyones guess. well we’re glad it did grow looking rather unusual. We’re so glad all the petals stayed on. We’re glad that we were able to photograph our unusual Victorian gas lamp poppy flower! And we’re happy he looks just a bit special on our wall.