Lust List: Beauty of Livermere Poppy

The deep red poppies belonging to my neighbour M. are making their brief but miraculous appearance in his garden. Therefore, I must bow down and worship, oh ye amazing Papaver orientalis ‘Beauty of Livermere’.

It’s hard to decide which way to photograph them: as here, backdropped by the purple smokebush (Cotinus coggyria ‘Royal Purple’), or in the other direction, where the gold variegated dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Gouchaultii’) holds them against a curtain of chartreuse.

Lust-inducing either way. And that’s all I have to say on the subject.


  1. Nature knows the best color palette, doesn't it…I love the color combination of purple and red…so much so that I inadvertently picked it as the colors of my childhood room – red shag rug (it was the 70s, what can I say) and purple walls…so cool!!

  2. Garden Girl — I can't stop taking pictures of this poppy. I'll eventually have to broaden my poppy horizons.

    islandgardener — sounds like a regal combination to me.

  3. I don't know why – but there are no photos visible on your blog just at present – just empty squares. So I'm sitting here, gazing at the screen and imagining how beautiful the poppies must be . . . and the smoke bush . . . and the dogwood . . . and as I don't know what a smoke bush looks like, I'm having to work specially hard on that one . . . ah yes, beautiful!


  4. Esther — Sorry about the no-show. Perhaps my pix were sleeping when you dropped in? More likely, they were taking their sweet time loading. Must figure out how to balance lots of pictures and smaller files online. Thanks for imagining.

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