I kept this Iceland Poppy on my drawing table for three days and watched it blossom. Of course, I had to document this experience in my garden journal . . .
This page is done with watercolor and very fine marker in a Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook.
I did the sketches from life, but as always, I took photos at each stage of this little miracle to work from should I need to zoom in for a bug’s eye view. My iPad is great for this and is always at hand when I am working from a live subject.
I thought sharing the series of photos would bring some sunshine to your Sunday. . .
When I brought the plant home, one bud was already thinking about cracking open.
Here is the photo I posted already, which shows how it looked the next day . . .
24 hours later, we had this . . .
And another 24 hours brought full blossom . . .
How gorgeous is that?!
I did a little research and found that this perennial can be grown in a large container. Time will tell.
By the time I was ready to transplant, another beauty had arrived. I found out the hard way that some critter out there loves to munch the furry buds, so now I keep a wire basket over the planter at night.
Do any of you grow this type Poppy in your garden? Got any advice?
All Images ©2015, Jessica Wesolek