Magic Wands

The poppy seed head is intricately, incredibly, perfectly lovely.  Sometimes I have a hard time deciding if I like the poppy bloom or seed head better.  The plump globular seed vessels are topped by a petite fleur top hat, that protects the holes where seeds escape.  In nature’s amazing way, as the seed head dries, the mini hats curve upwards to expose the seed release holes.  Once dry, I wave about these magic wand stems to scatter the seeds, 'planting' where I would like next year’s poppy patch.  This works best for annual peony poppies (papaver paeoniflorum), that self-seed so happily.  The seed heads then make an exquisite addition to bouquets or dried arrangements, or for me, make a sweet bouquet all on their own!

Posted on August 25, 2014 and filed under Inspiration, Fave perennial, Perennials.