How do poppy flowers ever survive for any length of time in wild? We have no idea!
The little flowers we wanted to photograph only had to make it from the flower-bed into our studio area without mishap. They were carried oh so carefully. In spite of this, we lost so many petals off the flowers that we thought we would run out of possible flowers! We tried carrying them one at a time, right way up, upside down, laying down on a lined tray – all to no avail. No matter how they were carried, poof, there goes another petal.
How the petals manage to stay on these flowers in the wild is anyone’s guess. Is being cut such a trauma for the flower that they automatically drop petals? How can they survive any wind when the slightest jolt when being carried means losing a petal? Questions, questions, questions. We may know the answers about how to take photographs, the answers to these sorts of horticultural questions – not so much.
One poppy flower did make it into the studio intact. Yes, this single poppy flower here. We’re so glad that he did survive the small journey. To our eyes he is rather unusual, if not unique. Of all our candidates he was the only one with a stem of this shape. All the others were mostly straight stems or minor variations. This chap, oh no, straight is far too conventional. “I want to look like a Victorian street light. 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 and with all the straight bits virtually the same length – see, now I look like a street lamp!”
None of the other flower stems looked anything approaching this shape. What made the plant grow like this is anyone’s guess. Us, well we’re glad it did grow looking rather unusual. We’re glad all the petals stayed on. We’re glad that we were able to photograph our Victorian gas lamp poppy flower! He does look unusual and just a bit special on our wall.