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Poppies in the Morning Sun and Note to My Readers

Dear Readers,

I apologize for flooding your inbox with so many posts today and am letting you know there will be a few more over the next few days. I post everyday on Good Morning Gloucester, but have just gotten way behind on my own website. I promise to do a better job posting more regularly in the future so that the posts will be spread out. Thank you for your understanding!

Warmest wishes,


Iceland Poppies copyright Kim Smith

Although called Iceland Poppies, Papver nudicaule is a boreal beauty native to North America, Asia, and Europe, not Iceland. They don’t care much for our hot summers and are generally short-lived. I don’t mind and plant them anyway, the colors are just too exquisite to not grow!

Iceland Poppies orange copyright Kim Smith

Iceland Poppies -1 copyright Kim Smith

Designs Inspiration: Triadic Color

Mary Prentiss Inn copyright Kim SmithTriadic color copyright Kim SmithPlaying with triadic color–the planters at the Mary Prentiss Inn are a great example of a classic triad. Triadic color schemes use colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. When successful, they are really quite vibrant and seem to sing. In these arrangements, the orange color dominates while the shades of purples and greens are the accents.

Mary Prentiss Inn poppies copyright Kim SmithMary Prentiss Inn copyright Kim SmithVibrant orange Iceland Poppies steal the show!

Design Inspiration ~ Iceland Poppies

Iceland Poppies ©Kim Smith 2013 copyIceland Poppies 

Driving home at dusk and coming from a client’s in Beverly Farms, I passed this gorgeous poppy-filled window box at Gladstone’s jewelry shop on Union Street in Manchester, and just had to stop and take a snapshot. I thought the poppies would be beautiful in full sun, too, and made sure to drive the same route the next sunny day.

Iceland Poppies sunny day ©Kim Smith 2013 copyIceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule)