A single flower: 5.19.14

Over the past year I have spent so much time looking at and working with flowers in conjunction with others.  How do these colors work together?  How does this texture compliment another?  Many years ago I was handed my first 35mm camera and I began shooting individual flowers and leaves.  It was and still is my passion.  Just look at my cut flowers section.

Last year I visited Sky Nursery and it just so happens they have a rare plant section.  I picked up a Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) while I was there.  I didn’t really think about it when I plunked it in the ground, but I’ve watched it and it not only survived the Winter… it thrived.  I’ve wanted this plant since I saw it smack dab in the middle of The Garden Color Book.  To see it thriving was quite exciting.  It was even more thrilling when it showed signs of flowering.

This weekend the first flower opened.

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I believe this is one of the most beautiful single flowers I’ve ever seen.  The simplicity of it is stunning.  It is soft, yet vibrant.  The petals look as if they are formed from translucent tissue paper.  Now this photo is a simple and quick snap from my phone.  I haven’t had a chance to go out and photograph it with a proper camera.  It is truly amazing.

Is this a good cut flower?  I have no clue, but I also have no intention of cutting it.  I do intend to let it go to seed so I can make an attempt to propagate it.

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