Well, I got there in the end and I must say I'm quite pleased with the result. I learnt a lot, - you can make a tight turn with silk shading, and you can do small shapes and to replicate botany you need to be a botanist, which I'm not! I used three shades of green DMC, pale grey and pale blue, pink and lavender, four shades of red and a brown for the shading. I could have used twice as many, but I had deliberately restricted my palette.
The finished poppy
Small spray of pale blue flowers
It is my take on a historic piece of embroidery, not a replica. I only had a photo to follow and have never studied the dress and I did it for me to practice embroidery that might be used on clothing. I'm glad I persevered, that's something I've got better at, so onto the next sampler.
Spray of sweet peas
This will go into my little book of samplers that I'm making for C&G. Now I'm off to Pinterest to see what takes my fancy.......