Poppies I Have Grown
I think I should give up trying to grow poppies. Last year, I planted so-called “Flemish Antique” poppies that were supposed to look like this:
What I got was this:
Undaunted, this year I tried two other types of poppies. In the Purple Garden, it was Hungarian Breadseed poppies:
All I got was one, sickly plant:
Same story in the Entry Garden. I ordered Pink Peony poppies:
I got one sickly plant that looked nothing like that:
And those are just the annual poppies I’ve tried to grow. I’ve already given up on oriental poppies. No matter how or where I plant them, they refuse to grow altogether. So I’m going to stick to the free poppy seeds I receive in the mail every year.
They germinate, grow and bloom with little or no care. They come in singles and doubles and a multitude of colors including picotee. I conscientiously saved seed last year and ended up with too many. This year, as my first experiment for the 2008 growing year, I’m going to allow them to self sow and see what colors, what forms and how many come back.