The perennial oriental poppies are bursting open all over the garden. This one is called Papaver orientale ‘Ladybird’ and is a real show-off! The bright red petals are like tissue-paper and inside are black spots – hence the name. When the petals fall the seed head provides further interest. After flowering the plant does look a bit untidy, so I always cut back the leaves, which quickly regrow with fresh growth.