I started a direct sow seed diary last April.The blooms are starting.
Now I know where certain varieties are that I miss placed in my notes.
This isnt an exact science ya know !
I will post daily if weather allowes.
My poppies are now past peak bloom and Purple Prince lily is far from the poppies so I can't even do any color matching from that distance. Also, my Purple Prince are in more shade than sun making it more confusing.
I think there's more violet in PP than purple so this wouldn't even match.
This is a double black.Seeds from OneStop Poppy Shop.
It must be time to recompost because the Venus's that selfsowed last year were as tall as the lilies last year. This year they are small. There are 3 buds ready to bloom in the black.
I scattered the seeds so I cant tell which is wich until they bloom.
I will need to gather seeds from all tha poppy places this summer and reaow in the winter as we plant to cover nearly all the gardens with compost.
The Venus I sowed were from gathered seeds from the second generation of the plant. These plants are all really small and single blooms. I wonder if third generation is a throwback.
Generally poppies are a disapointment this year.
Someone offered that the cold spring is the reason for such small plants. I certainly cant complaine about the profusion,just not as showie as the photo that starts this thread.Those were last years poppies with lilies. This year they dont come up 18 inches.
I used to just sow the seeds in the fall but I ended up spending as much time pulling excess poppies as I did pulling up weeds. Course, a little lighter hand on the sowing might have solved that. I didn't do so much (or in as many places) last fall so it appears that the 'infestation' has cut way back. I also don't know what 'took' and how much I lost due to a bad first attempt at WS which I did with all my special purchased or 'gifted' seeds. Very disappointing.
tabasco, while my rather sloppy attempt at winter sowing was not a great success, I did manage to salvage many of the types that I sowed. Just not sure which ones. I had two flats, no holes ( biggggg mistake) that I just dumped in the garden as they were (predictably) full of water and ice this spring when the snow melted. I suspect that some of those actually managed to stay a live and germinate where I dumped the trays. Some, from other plastic containers that got blown about the yard, had some sprouts that I carefully HOS'd into other containers and just then stuck in the garden at various spots when they were seedings, again in HOS. So who knows. I guess it will be exciting to see who survived. I will try again next fall although I am still uncomfortable with the HOS thing. It controls where your poppies grow, but is a little disconcerting to see this tight little clump of plants growing in about 1 square inch of soil. So, WS does work well, when you do it right. The sweet peas that I WS were much hardier when planted out than the ones I did in my garage 'greenhouse.'