Compared to the last two it has not been a very good year for opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) here, perhaps because of the roller-coaster weather we had all spring. A few plants have developed nicely though, and they are at the brief, blink-and-you-will-miss-it peak now:
The Slovakian heirloom 'Elka' produces fat white poppy seeds for culinary use - if only I had the space to grow enough of it to use for cooking and baking!
The more ornamental 'Danish Flag' produces two variants - one with even petal edges...
... and one with dramatic frills
In future summers I am going to have to add a few more varieties to my repertoire.