Poppies of June: blast of color

With a slow moving springtime into summer transition this year in the pacific northwest, I was especially excited to discover these lovely blossoms bringing a shock of saturated color to our yard. I did not plant them, and so do not actually know what sort of flower they are, though I am betting on poppies. Heck, maybe they are even of the opium sort – they sure have a dark, rich purpley center.

I love the bundle of snakey, long stemmed buds this plant has – prior to blooming, I was sure this was some sort of medusa flower. In fact, I thought the buds might well open to reveal small green serpents. Alas, it was not quite to exotic as that, but the punch of saturated orange is still an eye grabber every single day.

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