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icelandic poppies

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[today i'm thrilled to share a special guest floral post from one of my favorite flower school girls, nicolette of nicolette camille! click here to see a tour of nicolette's beautiful brooklyn home]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

CLICK HERE for 4 more beautiful poppy pictures from nicolette after the jump!

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22 Comments

karyn

I too love these poppies. Their colors are extraordinary and I’m a big fan of the furriness of there stems in contrast to the gauziness of the bloom. And my most favorite thing about them is that when I plant them in my yard they come back year after year, that’s my kind of pretty.

danielle

can these be grown indoors from seed? if so, how long will they take and what are their growing conditions? these are one of my favs, but i usually associate them with the summer :)

grace

hi karina

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Mary Kathryn

Gorgeous! Love the headdress. I didn’t realize that sneak peek was Nicolette’s house–it’s one of my favorites!

irene

Beautiful flowers and photos. How wonderful to look at Spring flowers in the Winter. Nicolette has a great eye for the perfect flowers for every occasion. Well done!

jules

Poppies are my absolute favorite! Gorgeous pictures and great info, I love the headpiece. Nicolette’s sneak pic is still one of my absolute favorites!

Dee Stewart

Beautiful….I used poppies as my home decorating colors..in pictures my lazyboys,& dining chairs..From pinks to reds..even my dishes have poppies on them..blends thru my apt..I love your selections and have seeds to try togrow them this yr….

Shelley

Icelandic poppies are one of my favorite flowers. I fell in love with them a few years ago & planted several in my garden. Thanks for posting about this lovely flower!

Rachel

I love poppies and have been looking for some good photos of them for my watercolor paintings! And Mucha is one of my favorite artists ever! The perfect POST!

Appetite for Conversation

I love poppies! I’ve had them in my garden many times, but I have to admit I never brought them indoors much. These pictures make me want to fill my house with them!

I only wish they weren’t poisonous ~ if I remember correctly they are dangerous for both cats and babies.

fallingdeep

These pictures are gorgeous! Would it be possible to get a high-res version of the one titled “2poppy-arrangement”? It’s a fantastic photo that I’d love to use as a desktop background!

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