An elderly neighbor just walked over with her walker to see what we were doing and to see our flowers up close. Saturday, the orange poppy had one bloom open and that plant has about 5 more blooms to pop out. I have about 4 more poppy plants with buds ready to pop open. There is a mystery plant in front of the orange poppy that almost looks like lambs ear because of the silver/green foliage that looks similar to the fuzzy foliage of lambs ear. I have never planted LE but know that it pops up every once in a while, maybe from previous owner's planting or a bird dropped the seeds. I asked her if she knew what my mystery plant is and she is pretty knowledgable and she says it is a Calif. poppy. I showed her my calif. poppy(Mission bells variety)and she doesn't recognize it as calif. poppy. It has not bloomed yet, but my internet findings are that of the Mission variety. golden/orange or deep yellow. Now I'm curious..this lady lived in Calif. for 40 yrs. and she probably knows what she is talking about. Maybe the mystery plant is the oriental red poppy? I know I had red poppies last year..will be interesting to see all that shows up! My blue flax bloomed today, only a few blue blooms and they were blooming when we left for Home Depot as I was surprized. Get back home an hour later and one plant's blooms are on the ground..could a bird have picked it. There is a faint breeze but I don't think it would be strong enough to blow the blooms off, what's your opinion?
Are there different varieties of Calif. poppies?
I just looked up Red oriental poppies on the internet and it jogged my memory. The variety of red oriental poppy that I planted last year was "Brilliant" and it does have a grey/green foliage. In the last hour, another orange poppy bloom has opened in the other flowerbed (by living room window). I have some Patty's plum poppies planted and at least one Princess Victoria Louise variety. This should make a beautiful display. Shame they won't all bloom at once.
If you like the reds get Beauty of Livermore. Mine just opened (planted last year) and it is so gorgeous.
I have Brilliant too but it hasn't bloomed yet.