CENTRE OF A POPPY

This looks more like something alien rather than a poppy. We are so used to see the flash of colour on a flower and not stooping to look closer, which is where it turns from beautiful to fascinating.

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ERYNGIUM – BLUE SEA HOLLY

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The Eryngium, or Sea Holly, is one of the plants I would love to grow in my garden but cannot. Since it needs excellent drainage and full sunshine it cannot cope with my heavy clay soil and the abundance of trees that block the howling winds. However, this plant was one of many growing very happily at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, its striking metallic blue stems and flowers blending effortlessly in the vibrant borders.