Sunday, October 04, 2009

Another beauty on a lovely spring day

I saw this gorgeous flower blooming this morning. There's a prize for whoever can correctly, or most accurately, tell me what the flower is. Comp details will be in the comments.

Update: More details on the competition, including the prizes, are in the comments. Keep your entries coming. Competition closes at 12pm on Thursday 8 October 2009. [Updated 12.00 pm Monday 5 October 2009]

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At October 04, 2009 10:15 pm, Blogger genevieve said...

I thought this was a carnation till I saw the bud next to it. So, some kind of poppy? Ravishing.

At October 04, 2009 11:42 pm, Anonymous parlance said...

A poppy, by the look of the bud. Hmm...I've never seen one with ruffled petals, and so many petals.

Okay, I've searched the internet for pictures and I still have no idea! Looks like I won't win, but I sure had some joy looking at beautiful pictures.

thanks for posting this lovely pic.

At October 05, 2009 11:58 am, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Keep those guesses - or educated deductions - coming. I will award a prize to the closest correct answer for what that flower in the photo is. If there is more than one 'correct' answer, I'll have to use some random selection method. I have two prizes for the winner to choose from:

1) One free in season double pass to see the sci-fi thriller Push. (though there are some limits on the use of the double pass.)

2) a 'two for the price of one' voucher for Richard J Frankland's Stone Bros., said to be the first feature-length Aboriginal comedy. It looks great in the trailer.

I believe both are on limited release.

I'm closing this competition at 12pm on Thursday 8 October.

At October 05, 2009 2:19 pm, Blogger djfoobarmatt said...

An over-excited gerbera.

At October 05, 2009 2:24 pm, Anonymous Helen said...

I'm guessing a Peony of a variety called KAO.

At October 05, 2009 8:02 pm, Blogger genevieve said...

my money's on you, Helen. Poppy buds, on reflection, are furrier.
Sorry, Parlance, for leading you astray...

At October 05, 2009 8:03 pm, Blogger genevieve said...

heeheee the captcha for this comment box is


and i iz having a larf

At October 06, 2009 12:52 pm, Blogger unique_stephen said...

Don't know - not a native I would say

At October 06, 2009 1:31 pm, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Oh, come on - I was hoping you gardening types and Science boffins (I'm looking at you, unique_stephen!) would have some idea! Come on, you gotta play.

I reckon you gotta go with some of your gut instincts, as well as a fair bit of research. Don't dismiss your guesses (or should that be 'guesiess') - educated or otherwise - so quickly.

At October 06, 2009 3:23 pm, Blogger unique_stephen said...

I've gone so far as to cheat - no giving up here. :-)

At October 09, 2009 7:23 pm, Blogger Penni said...

Oh I see someone said that, and with more authority than me. Oh well, I stand by it.

At October 09, 2009 10:55 pm, Anonymous seepi said...

Late for the prize - but I think it is an opium poppy.

At October 10, 2009 12:04 pm, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Hi everyone, thanks for playing 'guess what fower'. Sorry for the big delay in calling the results for the comp. I was too busy. Way too busy. And things are going to be busy till December, unfortunately. :(

I can see how you were all puzzled. It is a poppy. Not sure if it is the official name, but it is described by gardeners as a 'peony-flowered' poppy. The person growing the flower told me that it's uncommon.

I'm declaring Parlance the winner. On the basis that she did not take back her answer, unlike Genevieve. Sorry, Gen.

Parlance, you have my email address, so please email me which prize you would like and your address so I can mail it to you.

However, Genevieve, seeing that I have a couple of those 'two for the price of one' passes to Richard J Frankland's Stone Bros, I'm happy to send you one too.

Sorry, seepi, though your answer is in the ball park, it came in after the competition closed. Next time?

At October 10, 2009 9:37 pm, Blogger parlance said...

Wow! I never wind things! Thanks, Mark. I'll email you.


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