May 6, 2011
I love the simple Welsh poppy Meconopsis cambrica and true to form it has seeded itself all round the garden. This morning I decided on an experiment to see how long it would last in water. The trick I believe is to sear the ends over a gas flame immediately after picking. I then placed it in a tall glass vase.
Two days later and it was still upright in the vase but some petals had dropped. It looked rather charming, even in its petal-less form, so I picked a few more and seared the ends and filled a lovely Moroccan vase. My conclusion is that with burnt ends the poppy stays upright in the vase and lasts from two to three days. That’s good enough for a very pretty display.