Very pretty Joann! I only got a few red corn poppies sprouting this year. I somehow lost all my poppy seeds I had ordered. So depressing. I may have accidentally threw them out back in October, when cleaning the freezer after a week with no power.
I'm sure there are lots of generous people here! But I had ordered ones that were hard to find so I probably won't be able to get the same ones. I did find some Bridal Silk and Venus seeds. So I can try those next year. The one's that I am sadest about are Queen's Poppies. A DG er did actually send me some butt I know she was down to her last seeds. I had also ordered some on Ebay even though Ebay seeds have never ended up true for me. I also can't find some White Peshwar poppies, I had ordered 3 packages from Horizon Herbs... Oh well maybe they will still turn up in my fridge somewhere.
Sure.,they seem to respond to soil nutrients etc.
Someone had a photo of hers that reached over 6 feet,growing in her garden.
I was just thinking how sturdy poppies are. They grow in snow and freezing weather and bloom in this awful heat.
Beautiful. A good shot too with the poppies in focus and the other flowers slightly out of focus. Puts your attention right on the poppies but you still get the effect of the background colors. My husband does that a lot
Hi Pirl. No. Quite the opposite. The coldest July on record for anchorage since 1958. Cloudy and rain. But yesterday and today were (are) gorgeous. Sun and warmth. Warmth being defined as above 65. lol. It's all relative. I have my first Japanese iris I believe. What do you think? As well as a comment on the black poppy. I took the first picture this morning early before the sun was around front shining through the bloom. but when I was looking at a picture I took yesterday I could see the deep purple color. also a picture of poppy Arizona Aroma
Thanks, Mary. The photo looks even better right side up!
I first saw the mix of JI's and poppies at Eartheart Gardens in Maine and loved it so much that I use poppies now. The astilbe was my own idea since they've always bloomed at the same time as the JI's.
A little bit of this a little bit of that. Pirl, your beautiful pictures take me back to spring. A nice mix with the poppy standing out. My Astilbies didn't like the weather this year. They told me "in a still small voice, see you next spring". This was my last pic taken recently.
Arlene, where is your garden plot with the astilbe, poppy, etc mix? Full sun, partial sun (morning or afternoon), etc. I would love to try it but not sure where. I have a mix of all of this in various spots in my garden. As per usual I am doing some major moving of at least one corner bed this summer/fall anyway.
I just found this thread. I love poppies. Right now I just have a few varieties. Didn't know there are so many. Love the photos of everyone's poppies. I grew Danish Flag in the past but it didn't come back this year. I should have gathered the seeds instead of just assuming they would self sow and appear. I have one orange (flore pleno) poppy that is always popping up in the garden. So dainty and cute. The pic is a new one I purchased this year but I don't know what it is. I bought two plants and they have been blooming since May.
Well, carrying on my self-claimed title of Johnny Poppy Seed, if you dmail me I can send some seed to try there. You would need to keep it in the freezer for at least a month to give them an artificial cold snap (although it seems like NY gets plenty cold in the winter), then broadcast them in the winter or in very very early spring.
Ohhhh, Beahive. how beautiful. Be sure to get seeds.
Meredith, yes it is Arizona Aroma. I think I have some seed from last year. If not I have already started tagging pods for harvest this year. Assuming a good harvest, I would be glad to send you some. Dmail me your address and I will make note.
I am not good with naming any plants anymore . At one time I had everything marked and could share with those who would ask. When I moved last summer I brought 300+ potted plants and all these seeds I could save from my previous home. Well, between the move and the horrible amount of Large oak trees on my property and the 3 surrounding neighbors..most of my markers were raked up with the mountain of leaves. Now, all my poppy seed that I collect will go into a jar called mixed poppy seed. (CA poppy in another mixed jar. ) I do place a small organza bag on the ones I like the best to collect those seed.
Pink picoteed in white -- gorgeous poppies! The single ones have grace, but picotee markings on a double flower are something special. (Someday I hope to find a nursery that grows an all-picoteed strain of ranunculus for early spring.)
I have been buried in poppies and have been digging up clumps right and left. They were strangling my perennials and cutting off sun and air flow. I left a representative bunch but am only going to have the ones like Lauren's Grape. No more Shirleys, no matter how lovely they are. I can't seem to manage them like I can the others.
My seeds are all harvested and plants pulled and tossed. I had poppies from Jo Ann and will probably have them forever. Thanks, Jo Ann. In addition I have Drama Queen, which I loved but it only gave me two flowers. I did save both seed heads. I'll place the seeds in January or February.
My poppy pods don't mature until way into the fall. Wish they would mature sooner so I could pull the plants to allow more airflow and warmth, such as we have. I have peonies still opening for the first time this year and my dahlias are slowly popping. Lilies also slowly opening.
While I have not been in Anchorage, I have been in other towns in Alaska and to me Juneau was ideal weather, lush plants with zillions of flowers and just gorgeous. It had to be the most wonderful July temperatures I've ever experienced.
Only problem with Juneau and Ketchikan and Kodiak; they have fair weather but rains like a son of a gun. Fairbanks get into the 90's sometimes but mostly 70-80 and sun shines most of the time; down side is winters run down to -50 occasionally, -25 or so more than occasionally. Must more moderate than it used to be. In 1980-81 it was -40 for two weeks straight.
Oberon did you check your zone to the update zone map ? Peonies blooming now would put you in zone 3 to 4 to me. Unless they don't look at it that way. Seeing that your low temps are so far below zero I find it hard to believe you are in zone five. I have the link posted in the daylily forum which I got from garden gate. I guess you could go directly there and check it. Garden Gate that is.
Anchorage doesn't get the cold that Fairbanks does. Plus I live in a micro climate and have many plants that are zone 5's that won't grow in other areas of the city or surrounds. Not all 5's will grow here, but most will assuming I get them planted in the right drainage and sun. for instance I don't believe that there are any other blooming tree peonies that stay outside all winter in the ground other than mine. Peonies that just fully opened are Bev, Ann Cousins, Miss America, and Pink Hawaiin Coral for example. I count the week of blooming for peonies starting with the first bloom which is either Red Charm or a fern leaf that usually bloom around June 20th, so that becomes Week 1 for me. the others pretty reliably bloom around the same week each year. I am now in what I would consider Week 6 blooms. New plants for me are Garden Treasure and Border Charm that haven't bloomed yet.
It looks kind of like a camellia. I have rather steered clear of the doubles as they do tend to collapse with the possible exception of Red Charm. RC's stems are really strong. The closest I have would be Ann Cousins, though not really the same.
Hello All! Amazing poppy pictures. I just found this thread. I "found" poppies just last year and grew some Shirley poppies which I bought from Cheapseeds.com. They are still blooming!!
Since then, I have discovered that there are so many more out there!
What do you guys think about the following -
I wouldn't mind having some if they didn't get so floppy and yukky after a few days. Am digging up all I can find in the one corner where I had them. They are very difficult to iradicate. I agree though that the one above is really stunning.
Yup. I am in seed gathering mode again. But have scaled back. No more hanging all the plants in the garage. Looked like an opium den. lol. Thus far really short on white and black but I still have lots of pods to harvest though I think they are mostly dark lavender doubles and grape.
The seeds are sown directly on the ground.They dont transplant successfully for me so I cut the bottoms off milkbottles and set the bottles over the seeded area. I keep the bottles in place with opposing plant stakes.
In spring when the plants are a couple of inches tall I take the bottles off. There is a tendency for the plants to get too hot if kept in the bottles too long.
I spread mine so widely that wouldn't be very practical for me. I am holding onto some though that I will sow in flats 'just in case'. I just pull clumps and put them in 2" pots, and think with tiny scissors, then plant outside. The seeds are in the fridge for a while, then just on a low shelf in the garage.
I admit the wider sowing is preferred here also but after 2 years of no germination I began to think heavy rain and birds had eliminated the seeds.
I have better luck with this method altho there isnt the wild random look I like.
that is really disappointing. I am really amazed at the prices on poppy seeds. I rarely think about ordering seed, but now that I think about it I could use more white. I like having just the purple lavender shades rather than a plethora of colors. Sort of pulls the garden together. But the white would also compliment both the other poppies and lighten the tone. Plus I am very short on white. I will see what I get this year (2013). I wonder if they are not as robust as the darker colors.
I think that is what I have. I didn't see any whites under your WS domes. Are you out of seed for them? I scattered all of mine in the yard in the best spot I could find. Maybe I should get some fresh from the poppy shoppe and try again.
I tried the whites 4 years ago and sowed for 2 seasons with no luck.
I stopped wasting money.
It was last year that I read about the screen on top of sowed seeds and the milk bottle trick.It sure made a difference.
A secret in painting is to include or leave about 1/3 rd of the composition white. Whites are necessary players.
My annual poppies are up and growing from re-seeding. The larkspur came up about a month before the annual poppies. Now is a good time to move them if one wants them in other gardens.
I have tried for years to grow the O. poppies from seed. My husband made a raised bed and planted the Oriental Poppies in them. Now, I have gobs of Oriental Poppies. I am wondering what the best way to transition them into my gardens might be. I will take a picture of them tomorrow just for the heck of it.
After trying for years and years to start O. P. from seed, I finally got about a dozen to make it through the hot, dry summer in their flower pots and got them planted into my garden about a month ago. They are growing nicely. They are simply called "Red". I planted them with Gaura "Whirling Butterflies", Penstemon cobaea (white) and Maltese Cross I WS this spring and planted with the other plants this fall. All are doing well. I believe they will be established enough to make it through the winter.
I have re-read some of the prior post and am so impressed with the composting a couple of the cities do. I am thinking about contacting the Chamber of Commerce about their leaf pick up and composting system and taking it to my city council. Our city picks up leaves, takes them to the re-cycling area. Then, people pack up the "fresh" leaves and haul them off in their pick-ups. That's as close as this town gets to composting.
The guy who works for the town ( friend of SIL) said to get compost in early October.That way it will be last years leaves all composted and just befor the present seasons leaves are added to the pile.
It's sweet relief when we know we don't have to be concerned. Cosmos have been up since September but they only grow to maybe 1/2" tall and then just halt the process. Same for the larkspur.
Last week I sowed some of your Heirloom seeds along the cleaned out raspberry patch. They can grow together and I won't have the old foliage to be concerned about since the raspberries have enough foliage of their own to hide the look of the old poppies.
Today I'm sowing some of Oberon's Audrey Purple poppies in among some Japanese irises. I love how they bloom at the same time as JI's and astilbe.
Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays. I wish you all the best for the season.
Jo Ann, good luck with your surgery, and I wish you a speedy recovery.
I wanted to know if Icelandic poppies would reseed. I was not able to save the seed pods this year, and the plants and seed pods disappeared ;-(
The nursery that I got the plants from last fall didn't grow them this year, which was very disappointing. Annette
Arlene, thanks so much for the informative links, I really appreciate it. I see some small plants in one area where I had some of the poppies planted, and I hope that these are little volunteer seedlings.
I also have seeds from OSPS, that I'm going to direct sow in some of the beds today, and we'll see in they come up for the spring. We're really cold for the next few days, with rain on the way again, so we'll see if we have success again this year. Annette
Here ia a note on sowing annual poppies.It didnt paste the images.I'll add.
STARTING ANNUAL POPPIES
BECAUSE THEY RESEED THEMSELVES THEY ACT LIKE PERENNIALS.tHAT IS THEY WILL COMEBACK IN THE SAME PLACE THE NEXT YEAR IF SEEDPODS ARE ALLOWED TO SPRINKLE FROM THE SEASON BEFORE.
HERE'S HOW TO START :
FIND THE PLACE IN YOUR GARDEN WHERE YOU WANT TO SEE POPPIES BLOOM (THESE CAN BECOME 4 FEET HIGH)
MAKE SURE THERE IS NO MULCH OR WEEDS IN THE SPOT. CLEAN THE AREA AND SCRATCH THE CROUND.(NO DIGGING TO PLANT SEEDS THEY MUST BE EXPOSED TO COLD AND LIGHT)
poppy seeds are direct sown in cold weather january to early march.
SCATTER SEEDS ON SCRATCHED AREA AND PRESS INTO THE GROUND.
DO NOT COVER WITH DIRT OR MULCH .POPPIES NEED COLD AND LIGHT TO GERMINATE.
I START LOOKING FOR SPROUTS IN APRIL.
DONT BE DISCOURAGED IF YOU DONT SEE ANYTHING VISIBLE UNTIL REALLY WARM WEATHER COMES.
THESE ARE VERY EARLY SPROUTS
THIS WAS TAKEN APRIL 6 ZONE 6a
MANY PEOPLE LOOSE THEIR CROP BECAUSE THEY THINK THE SPROUTS ARE WEEDS.
NO WEEDING IN THE AREA UNTIL PLANTS ATE 4 LEAVES OR TALLER.
THIS WAS A FEW WEEKS LATER
AND THIS WAS EARLY MAY WHEN WEATHER IS WARM IN THE 70'S AND 80'S AND NIGHTS ARE IN THE 50'S
THESE WERE FROM MAY
THEY ARE CLUMPED AND BLUE GREEN WITH JAGGADED EDGES