Bloom Spotlight / Iceland Poppies

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Before I knew which flowers were what, I knew I loved these papery, delicate, and bright flowers, which I later found out were called poppies. I even liked the odd buttons, which,  excuse my French, look a little like testicles... (Hey! You were thinking it!) 

There are different variations of poppies, this kind, which is frequently seen around beautifully landscaped homes and parks, is the Iceland Poppy; or if you want to get fancy with it Papaver Nudicaule is the Latin word, try sneaking that word into a conversation (I've tried it and I sound like a genius). 

These are not Opium Poppies / Papaver Somniferum (See? It worked, you think I'm smart). I actually don't think I've ever even seen one in person... Anyways, all poppy varieties are beautiful and have the same delicate-ness and appealing colors. 

Iceland Poppies do not have a scent, but do they really need to? They make up for it in beauty. The down side to these guys is that they don't last very long as a cut flower, and they do tend to be a bit on the pricey side. Above I've paired them with Queen Anne's Lace, Coffee Bean, and (my favorite greens at the moment) Geranium. Keep it simple with poppies, they deserve the spotlight!

 

xo, the flower girl