In my previous post, I mentioned how, every time one of our Iceland poppies blooms, it’s a wonderful surprise, since we don’t yet know which color petals each plant will produce. As the flower develops, it’s protected by two hairy sepals, which normally fall off when the flower blooms. However, a few mornings ago, I was lucky enough to spy a bud immediately after it had opened, with the sepals still stuck onto the outside of the petals. (By noon, the sepals had dropped all the way off.)
You may visualize these sepals either as snazzy sunglasses or as a thermal bra, whichever you prefer.