My poppies are in full swing now. I just have a point-and-shoot digital camera and that is about all I know how to do with it. Wish I knew how to use some of the settings. Sorry , but the wind has been blowing almost every morning I have made pictures so they are not as focused as I would have liked.
I only have a few colors. Mostly peach (double and single)
oh, but even in shattered form they are beautiful !!!! I take pictures of them in all stages and find beauty in each. You should see my hubby's photos ! He has a fancy camera and takes the most beautiful pics. I even have him taking them of each stage ( he used to make fun of me for doing it ! )
ok, this is my FAVORITE of the season. I have many poppies but not many different colors. Mostly just different shades of pinks,corals and reds. This is the only one of this color and it is hard to describe. It is a lavender but a deeper lav. than my other ones. My others are so pale they look white from a distance. This one looks lavender from any distance. Gotta save each and every seed !!!!!Q
AnnieG, there are buds on several of my S/P. Not a lot like the one that I posted. I have mainly Jacinth and Shasta. Got one lonely "Heartbeat". I will post pics as soon as I get the long awaited surprise. Mike
Try this link Corgimom in regards to the S/Poppies. http://www.heronswood.com/super-poppies/
There are many more than the ones listed on Heronswood. Others and I have posted several names in the other S/Poppy thread here on Daves.
in general I don't like the single ones but they DO make pretty photos ! You should see that picture really close. The dark purple center shows "brush strokes" straight from an artist's brush !!! I could send you some seed but they don't come true to seed so you might end up with more peach ones !
Corgimom, just had to show you this "peony" poppy (it has just bloomed) planted from seeds I got from you! There are many more buds to open, and it's a gorgeous plant. The first of my "bread seed" poppies to bloom. I was very late in sowing seeds this season.
thanks for the comments about the lavender poppies. I was disappointed this year to find only 5 or 6 lav. poppies out of my hundreds of poppies. Why I don't know. I don't know about those genetics :)
I am watching daily (almost hourly) for those pods to turn brown so I can save those seeds. I have gobs of seeds from all my other colors; so many that I am just going to pull up the rest of my poppies without even waiting for those pods to mature. You see, daylilies are my true love, and the poppies are in my daylily gardens and taking up way too much room. They are making my daylilies scrawny from lack of sun !
Jubilada, that one is prettier than any of mine I do believe !
Lisabees, don't know exactly, some kind of heirloom "surprise." I've saved seeds from previous ones that "appeared" in my garden, but don't know if they come back "true." Original seeds were from Select Seeds (an heirloom mix).
mouthwatering photos ! I miss mine but now my daylilies have room to grow. Some are almost stunted from being surrounded by VERY healthy poppies ! I always hate to pull them up when they are still blooming but daylilies are #1 for me. I have such a small amount of space they have to "share" garden space.
Thanks Jubilada! We are pretty far apart zone wise:-) I think this picture is a good lesson in looking closely in the garden. I thought there was a dry leaf in the poppy but when I reached to remove it he spread his wings. Serendipity at is best:-)
By the way, how soon after the petals fall off the pod can you cut the stem and commence to dry them. Do they have to 'ripen' a bit before cutting? I have always wondered as if I cut them too soon they don't seem to dry and turn black very well. The seeds that is. I would love to cut down the forest of waving pods blocking sun from other plants.
I usually let mine dry for a while on the plant, then cut them and store them upright in containers to finish drying. That seems to work pretty well, and I've been lucky enough to harvest plenty of seed. It's worth noting that not all of these seeds do turn black! If it is a "breadseed" type poppy, then they will, otherwise they're reddish brown or brown.
Are the ponds still green. I also dug mine up, but I am sure mine are a good two weeks younger than yours. I have cut off the dirt ball/root, and hung them upside down in the garage to dry. I often wonder if they do as well if I get them this way rather than letting them go dry outside. It rains so much here in the fall that sometimes they just go soft and rot outside.
The problem with letting them go totally brown and then harvesting seeds is they loose seeds dueing that time. You might find empty seed pods.
I am so Scotch I dont want to loose a single seed so I harvest as the plant is dying but pods are still a bit green so they havnt opened and released anyting except into my paper bag.
I do something similar with my daylilies. I put bags over the seed pods before they turn brown (those that I pollenated) but you can't cut them off and bring them in like you can with poppies. But never thought about using the same method with my poppies. Thanks for sharing !
I rattled some bags today and wahooo, seeds are rattling in the bottom of the bags. Not too many bags, but three or four. How neat. This way I know that the seeds will be totally mature and viable, rather than guessing and opening pods as they appear 'ripe.' Quite often they weren't and the seeds would be white or pale beige rather than black or dark brown.
I checked again and even opened one or two pods that didn't have the tiny holes at the top to release seeds. But I am as bad as a kid at Christmas. Trying to shake presents and just open one a little bit to see what is inside. I need to just leave them alone and let nature do the work to have the best results. Maybe in another week or so...
Cute... :) My father referred to his spring trips to the garden (many times each day) as providing midwifing services to tiny plants that were curled down in their seeds or caught by the earth as they unfurled. Talk about impatient. Or tiny digging with finger tips to see if there is a little green growth on dead clumps from last year only to break off a delicate baby. I manage to do it at least once a year. My husband reached down one year to 'lift up' a downward facing lily to ask 'what's this' and broke it off. I let out a yell. It was the first one blooming. lol. Needless to say, he never touches my flowers now.
I also purchased from them and had pretty good luck. I rather messed up on my WS of some of the seeds but think I at least got one of each plant to collect more seeds from. And even managed to keep one yellow meconopsis alive. Hope it is still there hale and hearty come spring.
I have to retrieve my gallon milk jugs and drill holes to set up for WS. I first have to dig a trench through the snow to my cold frame on the back deck. It is under about 3' of snow. But I kept the top zipped shut so at least it isn't full of snow. If I can get it done in the next couple of weeks there will be more than adequate cold weather for the poppy seeds remaining. Unfortunately my little baby meconopsis is in one of the last places to lose it's snow. Maybe that is a good thing and why they all grow so well over there. One of my large clumps that had been huge for several years rotted around the back last year. so I am wondering if this is normal for them. Or if I should have broken it up. You end up with a gazillion little plants though and I can't bear to just throw them away.
Great pics. Love the arrangement in the first one. Lamps are sort of irrevelant here as there is no dark in the months we would look out there, and it's too cold to go out there to 'sit' when it is dark enough to see the lamps. Bummer. I love those torch things also. July 4 is kind of a let down, especially in Fairbanks. They usually shoot off most fireworks around Christmas when you can see them.
I would like to increase the density of my flowers. The more I look at other gardens the more I realize that mine are rather isolated You can easily see the dirt between plants thru mid summer. Maybe some more airy annuals to sort of fill in. It took three years to get the holly to bloom. I just love it. It is by far the most unusual flower that I have.
Beautiful poppies. I have lived here so long that I am not sure that I can tell the difference. What I have noticed is that flowers that grow in the fall down south don't always do so well here. In particular I have tried asters and mums (can't remember which, although several colors of the same kind that are very tall) that grow huge bushes and are loaded with buds but they never really open. I have the other kind of asters, the short guys like Purple Dome that do really well and flower til freeze up. I am assuming that the tall ones just don't have a long enough fall, or warm enough? to really open up. Very disappointing. I let them go three years before digging them up. I can't devote garden space to non flowering plants. Even those with huge healthy greenery. Poppies go nuts, I even have managed to get some bearded iris to survive. Had hellebores survive a couple of years. My daylilies don't do so well except for Stella d'or. They flower but look wimpy and not finished. Again, the fans multiple and are very healthy, but the flowers are not too good. Full sun and all. I suspect not warm enough again. 55-65F average temp just doesn't get it for many flowers. Oh, lilies and peonies do wonderfully well also. Creeping phlox, arbrieta, arabis, oh, lots of stuff does well.
The yellow and orange are just icelandic. I only saved yellow seed this last fall as I like fewer colors that go well together. The back yard is just a riot of colors irrespective of what goes with what.