Here is my shirley poppy (P. rhoeas) I've sown around october of last year and now it's nearly 2.5' in diameter! growth was manipulated by intense pruning. You can see the bud emerging from the middle in image 2.
This is a shirley poppy. I prune the side shoots so all the plants energy can go to the mother stem. I also mulch them with grass clippings and give them a lot of space so they can grow larger. the frequent pruning of this plant has rendered it enormous! I hopefully that helps.
The size may throw people off a little bit. Shirley poppies are very cold-hardy I've heard. This one tolerated temps. down to 24 degrees F with the help of the grass clipping mulch:-)
What is the average spread of shirley poppies as they bloom, by the way? I do numorous, sophisticated experiments with plants, even cross-breeding and selecting members with desirable traits. I did not cross this one, this is a single plant I grown from a seed packet from a flower shop.
Humnph. They sure look sturdier -- more robust than the Shirley poppies I had. I didn't like them because they flopped all over. The flowers were beautiful and I loved how delicately colored they were and the paper mache sort of tecture. Just couldn't keep them upright. And yours survived over the winter or resowed themselves?
Has anyone tried planting annual poppies in the Fall??? I gave up on them when I planted them in the Spring and they were the saddest little blooms you ever saw---two California plants survived the winter and look like a different plant. They must have germinated in the Fall because I saw their tiny blue-green leaves every time the snow melted. I thought they might die but they are now forming buds!---------------Weedy
Weedy.Its been my experience that sown annual poppies dont all progress at the same rate.
I had a bunch of sown seeds germinate and live thru the winter and never achieve any thing more than a few inches and really small flowers. I weeded them out eventually.
I also have seen 5 foot plants with large blooms.
I dont know if these were from the same fall sowing or not.
It all depends on the winter and spring weather.
I only grow somnifareums, not Californias or Shirlies.
I am getting concerned about this foliage. I have never planted Poppies before and it looks a lot like sunflowers to me:(
what do U all think>? Now these have grown nearly 3 feet tall. The package said Mr Fotheringills Poppy oriental Choice Mix ...easy to grow. They were planted in March and it was cool soil mostly, Then the rains came and washed some poppies Mary sent me and They are squished together and have that blue foliage>?
All your pics of poppies have different fuzzy foliage. and I do know what a sunflower seed looks like.
Getting confused...here, anyone I would appreciate feedback. Ty Michelle
Mary, every single seed U sent me germinated!!! and then; We got this rain Like never before...lol and it washed the poppy seeds...all in a squished up mass. I guess by the way they grew up :( :( They have bluish, frilly leaves...Ok, what to do with these poppies...the ones with bluish leaves? Its mid June? Is there any chance I will get blooms on them? so I can save seeds I was So excited about these poppy seeds!!! They are like an inch tall with "shallow roots"???? what do they need? More water, fertilizer?
I guess those sunflower seeds...Just came from a bird!! I did plant sunflower seeds at the south HOT side of the house...That is why I knew in my heart of hearts...These (in the pic) were not oriental poppies...Ok I have to look at this as a lesson to be learned lol...>? what do I do next I will try to post a pic of these many little poppies seeds Mary sent me.
New to this and its fun But I am disappointed But I have to laugh, too
Michelle: Dont give up and you did the best for the green leaf frillies that you could.
All is not lost but they dont need fertilizer or water unless its been dry and you are watering the gardens.
If the clump is too rootbound just do what Mary did and take some small scissors and cut a few of the plants off.Leave the rest to develop where they are.
Mary might have a different idea.
Annual poppies seem fragile but they really just pop up wherever they want in years to come.
Its getting a first few to self sow that takes patience.
This poppy appeared in DD's garden in May.It looks like its on steroids. We have no idea where it came from but it stays where it is.
I have no earthly idea what label. Another gardener thinks its fasciated.I cant get close enough to tell. The center of the bloom looks like it has an extra edge of "chicken fat" She said its petals that tried to form but didnt.
Just snapped this. I dont believe I have ever seen such intense color.
You could also take a spoon (teaspoon or small knife) and cut out a little square of clumped seedlings, supporting the bottom and just dig a small hole elsewhere and sort of lay the clump in and gently move dirt against the sides. I do that a lot and they grow well. That would also manage to thin. Then do the scissor routine with what is left. They will do just fine
My poppy plants look like your 'hunker'. Plantwise anyway. My flowers are not so ragged on the tips. I have ordered some like that but not gotten much to survive. I have stuff coming up everywhere in various stages. Some sown last fall, some started in 6-paks and transplanted. Some sown this spring. Should be interesting to see what I get.
I am now convinced that I stupidly overwatered during our long cold spring and killed off many plants including some gorgeous lilies. I am just sick. WILL I NEVER LEARN!!!!! So next year, so very far away, I am not doing anything. Not moving one shovel full of snow or watering till something is growing. But I will have to reorder lilies because I just have to have them. Almost a foot across last year. heavy sigh.
My soil is pretty organic and easily worked so works for me. I also keep adding compost and the soil from pots I dump in the fall as well as grinding up stuff from the garden and bushes for brown stuff and lawn clippings for green stuff. Not too much luck in the compost department but didn't grind it up last year. Just chucked stuff in the rotating barrels. This year I will layer brown dry, green, and kitchen detritus and see if that works better.
Thank you Mary and gel for the great information and encouragement. Oh, I do not intend to give up The spoonful of dirt to transplant sounds tempting...and that package of O.Poppies are in there some where...:) so I will move them and see what happens.Pic to follow. ha ha I hope. Just have such teeny shallow roots>? and Until then I will come here and enjoy your beautiful pics and read and learn.
I am so glad you like them. I have one poppy just about to open finally. They should all be taking off in the next week. It will be fun to see what I have. I know that I was successful in planting then transplanting a bunch of white ones and will most definitely save seeds from them. I think the white and deep purple would look great together
My first three poppies bloomed today. Dratted Daughter has my camera so no pics. They are all lavender. What is the lovely blue spire flowers in your fourth picture. I really really love your garden compositions. I am reworking all my beds, paths, etc which have become overgrown with weeds. D is grinding everything I can lay my hands on for mulch. So I am looking at everyone's garden compositions along with individual flowers to get ideas. Obviously I can only try to emulate places that get pretty cold. I do have two new roses. My MIL brought some roots from a pale pink rose she as has in her garden. It is a climber. It survived the winter and is sending out shoots. Your poppies look like roses.
The front left plant is Veronica Eveline and the blue flower right-top is a Japanese Iris Night Angel.
Help yourself to any combos you like.
The poppies I posted were from your mix.
Here are better pix of your blacks
Mike, the website apparently changed this week, it's loading weird when I try to pull it up on my phone, but it finally straightened out on the computer. I'm gonna have to get used to this, it was difficult trying to locate information about rose and lily diseases this afternoon.
Today, we had another big rain storm, with tons of water washing through the garden again. I was outside cleaning up the bed with the poppies, and my hand accidental hit one of the seed heads and to my surprise, out came some seeds. I clipped them, and turned them upside down in a paper bag, and wow, what a lot of seeds. These are from Antique Rose and Antique Lavender peony poppies. I'm hoping I'll get some seeds from Black Cloud as well.
I noticed the black spot mold.I think you can save the seeds by opening the brown casing and let them dry.
Mary: we do have a lot of moisture,it rains 3 days out of 7 .Astilbes love it sluggs are eating the short lilies.
we cant win.
We normally have cool moist days but not that much rain. We went three or four weeks with clear skies. Very unusual. It has been raining now for two or three days so the garden is soaking it up. Things are really taking off. Finally a few poppies blooming. Dahlias forming larger buds, Lillies likewise. In another few weeks it should be quite pretty here. Maybe the end of July.
It's a pleasure, Mike. We are experiencing heat wave temperatures. High is 93, but it feels like 106 F, according to our Weather Service. I watered my garden early this morning, and had to again at 16:30. My poor plants were wilted.