They have started; the first orange poppy opened yesterday shedding it hairy carapace; actually more like pushing it off and out of the way in its haste to bloom. I am always fascinated watching this process, a split appears, and then the crumpled tissue of the flower can be seen. And sometimes it seems to take days for the casing to fully open, but this year you can almost watch it before your eyes. Pop, pop, pop.
|the hairy carapace of an orange poppy, 2014|
|shedding its carapace, 2014|
|the carapace, 2014|