Bold Orange Poppies at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Poppies have always been one of my favorite flowers. I love the big, the bold, the brilliant flowers. I love peonies, irises, gladiolas, star-burst lilies, hydrangeas, poinsettias, anthuriums and bird of paradise.. I like in-my-face, stop-me-in-my tracks flowers. One of the few incompatibilities my husband and I have is our preference of flowers. He likes small, subtle, tundra-like flowers, flowers that make their statements just by showing up and surviving all summer. He likes alyssums and white flowers with minuscule bells hanging sparsely from a vine-like stem running close to the ground. He carries a hiker's folding microscope to observe the details of each tiny bell, blossom or bud. Since he is the family gardener, except for two magnificent rose bushes and two mid to late summer Mexican sunflower plants, our flowers are petite and subtle. They are like people that need to be studied and cultivated but worth the time you spend to get to know them. I can appreciate these tiny wonders but I love big splashy flowers--like these poppies. The lower photo actually has two bees inside, the second bee is to the lower left of the center in the main blossom..
What are your flower preferences?