Icelandic Poppies are one of my winter favorites; crimped, ruffled, luscious & elegant (and fuzzy)! The delicate petals unfurl like crepe paper from their fuzzy casings. Often the petals will have a slight color variation creating a pretty ombre effect. They have an unusual sweet fragrance and long wiry hairy stems.
Large and showy, these blossoms look stunning all by themselves or delicately poised in more elaborate arrangements. For a simple arrangement cut several stems at different lengths and let them show off there sinuous stems. You can peel off their bud casings to reveal the flowers for a more showy look. (start at the base of the flower, where the bud meets the stem, and gently peel the casing up slowly and gingerly as to not tear the delicate petals inside). I like to leave some of them as buds for variation.
Poppies should be cut while in bud and the stems need to be sealed to help preserve its longevity as a cut flower. When cut, the stems exude a milky sap (this can be a mild skin irritant so handle with care). You can seal the stems by dipping the tips for a few seconds in boiling water, or singe the ends with a match. These beauties are fleeting, lasting around 3-4 days as a cut flower.
While perusing a lovely book of Alphonse Mucha’s gorgeous art nouveau drawings, I was inspired by how heavily adorned all of his ladies were with flowers. I love their elaborate floral headdresses and thought these poppies would be perfect for a headdress.
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