I tried to eliminate my dark red ones with black centers but I keep getting volunteers. Guess I will let them go. They were taking over an entire bed and I wanted some variety. I would send them to others but I hear they don't transport very well. And I don't know that I haven't been successful in 'rooting' them all out. I doubt it.
Timeinabottle, that's a plant from seed that fell from the mother plant next to it. The mother was the first to bloom the last two years until now.
Oberon46, I believe the one that you made reference to might be Red Shades. It spreads fast. I got mine from High Country Gardens in New Mexico.
I believe I got mine locally or from Bluestone Perennials. I planted several in that spot and only a few survived. Wasn't sure which was which. I will have them again this year as I am going to get them grow. May have to move them as I planted a geranium, Splish Splash in that spot and it will get huge.
Great garden. I love to see other people's arrangements. I am still struggling with mine and it is so helpful to see what other people have done. I am too regimented in my planting and think gardens like yours are the very best. Thanks for sharing.
I have a little stone crop between some of them and a baby veronica among others. Mainly its just the grass and clover. The stepping stones and garden edging is among things on my list but my tells me I can only do so much.
Annette The cottage garden effect is what I am looking for. What I hope to have follow is lillies , larkspur and dahlias. I had hoped to have hollyhocks , but the rabbits ate them all.
Ahhh., So they aren't something you can walk on and not hurt. My paths are edged in creeping phlox, low dianthus, several kinds of low thyme and sedum. Or and arbeita. All have flowers at different times. And when it is cool and wet I have a nice mossy stuff that grows with the walkable thyme.
Burpee and Heronswood are owned by the same company.
Ge1836, I love Miss Piggy along with the other frilly ones. My Turkenlouis O/P have quite a few buds on them. They were planted in the fall of 2010. can't wait for the first bloom. I also have another one that will bloom for the first time. The name is eluding me right now
Mike, I am trying to grow "Great Red" from seed this year. Is it really that orange? I thought it would be more red. Regardless, it is very pretty as are your other poppies. I like the Victoria Louise and Coral Reef. I had not seen Princess Alexandra before. It's is pretty also.
Thanks Mike. It sounds like from your description, it's a red-orange. It's nice to know as I thought it was a red-red. This will help me determine where I am going to put this poppy-if it will make it to maturity.
This is what Swallowtail Seed says about this poppy:
"Largest poppy of them all. 6-8" blooms. Plants reach 4 to 5 feet but need no support and produce huge, frilly 6 to 8" scarlet flowers with black blotch at the base. Blooms mid to late spring".
They go on to say it is closely related to the Oriental Poppy. Some oriental poppies have this poppy as parentage.
So, do you agree with this description? And, what companions did you plant with this poppy? Just curious.
Turkenlouis O/P is starting to open for the first time around here. I am very excited. A better pic is coming as soon as it opens fully. Second pic is one that came with the house purchase. LOL!
Poppy meets Festiva Maxima Peony. Delphinium meets O/P Jacinth and White Wedding.
I'm going with Coral Reef. Ge1836, both of them are lovely.
Jacinth, double shot.
Royal Wedding and Jacinth.
Harlem, blooming for the first time. What a relief to get what you paid for. LOL!!
Shasta meets Lupines and Penstemon Mystica, etc.
They probably don't use pink, white or orange because people will claim it's not white, it's cream. Or it's not orange, it's peach or salmon or light or dark orange or cinnamon. You're right that it's the soil and sun as well as the climate and the genetics that make a flower what we end up seeing.
Ge1836 those are nice. I bought two Patty Plum a couple years ago and both didn't survive. BUMMER ! Things are whining down around here. I am intrested to see if the "super poppies" rebloom for those of you in the warmer climate.
Yes indeed very nice slide show!
I have some great red poppies started and I would appreciate any advice I could get about growing them.
The problem that I have is getting the little plants to keep growing, I have never had much luck with poppy even though it is said that they are easy to grow.
Easy to germinate moderate level for me, sprout nicely, then I lose them at three or four leaves even when the animals do not get to them.I'l take and read through any advice at all.
I did have a few reds and a Miss Piggy that I lost in a flood then a vole got the remainder. That may have been a success with some question only it is still not much luck, none of those had I grown from seed.
The Miss Piggy is new for me. I had 6 plugs ( starter plants) and only 2 survived. I might believe it is an Oriental Poppy variety that is hard to establish and grow.
I gave up trying to start orientals from seed. I buy the plants.It always works here.
I've heard they are very hard to move although I have had some success. And once you have them, boy, do they spread. I find them popping up within a few feet of the mother plant. They must like cold and wet because that is what they get here, though out in full sun, whenever we get any.
I believe there are varieties that cant be killed. I tried to move several and if you dont get the whole root there will be "root cutting" plants in the old area again.
The ones I have had do this are Queen Alexandra,Prince of Orange and Brilliant.
In this zone Orientals are putting up winter crownes and look like they will be blooming in January,but NO .The crowns stay all winter.
My gardens are so crowded I dont let seedpods form and keep deadheading to avoid reseeding.
I honestly dont know about the underground growth. Its my understanding they can be divided thru root cuttings.This is done when the plant is dormant in July here.
I know some varieties are very prolific.
I had to do the Round-up brush thing. I had planted Beauty of Livermore too close to the border and I interfered with lawn mowing. The orientals really have a wide spread.
When I dug it to move it back there must have been some root left that sent up many new plants. Each time I tried to dig them I couldnt get a clean ball so the root left would send up another plant.
I finally just killed it.
I suspect when I get tired of eruptions in other plantings I will do the same. I am making my first batch of rhubarb/strawberry jam. I have helped my folks but never by myself. Scary. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Looks like that is what I ended up with - sauce. All the jars popped but it still looks pretty loose. That's okay. I will use it on my toast anyway. And way yummy on vanilla ice cream, or cheese cake, or or or. lol
My problem is that I start dropping weight in the spring and early summer as the gardening (including hardscaping and hauling 45# bales of soil) provides great all day exercise. Later in the summer and for sure in the winter I have to fight to make myself go to our exercise room and get the right blend of aerobatic and weight bearing to make up for the lack of garden.
Yeah. That sitting around the dinner table with DH, finishing up the wine, just talking can be hazardous. Fortunately we don't have desserts around the house. And D will ask me to remove the serving dishes as well as his plate when he is obviously done. Sometimes I don't even bother to put the stuff on the table and then we are less likely to go back for 2nds.
I really wish it would stop raining. I have peonies and spring bulbs coming any time. If I try to dig holes now they might fill in with water. Well, maybe not that bad, but darn close. As soon as they arrive and get planted, I will hope for a nice freeze to kill off the tops of the dahlias, then wait a week and dig them up to start that process. Poppies are soooo much easier.