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I cannot grow tired of the beauty and grace of these flowers! I grab my camera each day and head out to the cottage garden to take yet another 50 pictures of them ! Although I personally prefer the doubles, the singles are the prettiest to photograph ( in my very limited experience !).
I don't take very good pictures. I have poor vision, shaky hands and a point and shoot digital camera. Most of my pictures are too out of focus. I haven't learned how to use the settings. Yes, I did try reading the manual. Nothing seemed to stick ! I just pray that I get one or two good ones out of every 50 I take !
I envy those that can take continuous pictures with their cameras.
thanks, skimper ! I haven't had one that deep before and I can't get a photo that shows its true beauty. I am once again going to beg my DH to take one with his camera while it is still in bloom. He'd better hurry !
Beautiful poppies corgimom! I winter sowed the seeds you sent me and planted them in the garden today. Sure hope mine will be as pretty as yours. Yours are the ones in the lower right of this photo that are the doing the best. Hope I did not plant them while they were too small. Thanks again for sharing the seeds with me.
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Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Well I just had to come over for a peak, these are just gorgeous, you did great, I couldn't have done any better and it's not just because I don't have any poppies! :-)
Poppies always mean spring, don't ya think? ! Hope everyone across the colder parts of the country will soon have their belated springs.
Hey there Al and Sue !! Thanks again folks. Last year I had so many different colors. This year , so far, not much variety. I had to thin them out so many different times that every time I did I was saying to myself "Ok, I know you are probably are a dark purple, and you are a frilly pink , and you are a white..." I guess I was right ! Also, the bed where I planted the most colors is the one that is STILL too overcrowded for them to be pretty. Most are only 8" high instead of 4-5 feet. So even if they turn out to be "different" they won't make good photos.
How beautiful, and early they bloom, I'm gonna have to go out there and check on mine (one little clump) that was given to me early on during the season. Mark my calendar this fall to remember to sow them out on time.
Thanks corgimom for sharing the pics.
Good morning there,Susan! Thanks. Hope these aren't too much like what I have posted at the top of this thread. It is too much of a pain for me to keep scrolling up and down to see what is up there, and since these ARE new shots I am just sticking them in anyway ! Boy are these one beautiful subject to photograph ! Wish I had different kinds to add to my garden, but I will settle for these !
thanks,skimper ! They "hold me over" until daylilies begin to bloom :-) Now THEY are my "true love" !!! Maybe not as dramatic in photos as poppies are,though. I just wish poppies stayed around longer. I mean I plant them in October, thin them out in January(and Feb. and Mar!!!!) and they bloom in April. Seems like I wait a long time for such a short bloom season, but then again my grancy graybeard doesn't bloom as long as poppies do so I guess they all have their place!
I like the singles better but yours are absolutely BEE-YOO-TI-FULL!!! I wintersowed some but the wintersowing fairy (a mischievous creature) washed away my labels! I'm blowing up lincoln's picture to see if any of my NOIDs look the same. I also have some purchased as adults in my garden - but heck, all I've got now is tulips-to-be. I hope I see some of my own soon.
Corgimom! I just love!poppies.it will be awhile before mine bloom.Keep postig those photos for us people up North.I always direct sow my poppy seeds in the late fall.right now i have sprouts.I wont see any blooms until around June.Here is a photo last year of burgundy frills poppy.
Now skimper, I need that color !!! If you have one that color this year we need to exchange seeds (but you need to tell me NOW what color to save you. I don't separate my seeds when I collect them. I just mark my doubles and collect them in a separate envelope. I don't normally collect seeds from the singles unless someone has requested me to.)
Yes, all of these ARE annual poppies, Carrie. I don't have any of the perennials. I collect seeds each year so,therefore, I never know exactly what I will have blooming from year to year. Last year I had more variety of colors than this year. HMMM, those seeds I sent folks must have been all my different colors!LOL !!!
The singles DO make the most dramatic photographs, don't they? And I love the slightly frilly ones for that reason,too.
Corgimom! Would love to trade poppy seeds with you this year.I like the peony double poppies.I will post photos when my poppies bloom.My poppies will be in a mix.I sowed all kinds of singles,doubles.I sowed the Laurens grape,hopefully I will see some of those.here is one of my pink peonys last year.I have photos on my DG member page under photobucket link with flowers I grew last year along ith JMG.
corgimom... I would love some singles... and anything else. I will only have one type of seeds this year I think. My poppies are barely coming up now and the heat is on its way. They will not make it to blooming I am afraid. I will have seeds from these that are at a friends. Anyone else wanting to trade later, I should have lots of these.
If yours are like the one in the picture you have above where you can see some of the center, these are different.. they are so full there is no center... look more like a huge carnation. They are a peachy orange color.
Some of mine are full pom-poms where you can't see the center and some are more open where you can see them. As I said, mine are mixed. Last year I TRIED to mark my poppies with different colored yarns so I could collect them separately. I didn't keep a chart to remind me that "red equals full pom-poms", "white equals single lavender", etc , THINKING it would be easy to remember. Ha ! I should have known better. When I went to collect them I was saying " red equals ... lets see, was that full pom-poms or was that frilly open ones?" And so it went... So this year I just am marking the dark red pom-poms with one yarn and all other frilly and partial pom-poms with another color. That is it ! They all go in one big bag ! Take it or leave it - almost !
Now I will try to collect some singles (ok, that makes another color yarn, oops, here goes the memory again !) I guess.
hey,carrie, anything that blooms is welcomed to my poor eyes ! Enough of winter - bring on the blooms ! Can't wait for all you northern folks to get some blooms and maybe us trade seeds ! I need more colors. Just don't know what happened this year. Not complaining too much - for years I couldn't get poppies to grow at all for me, so if all I get is coral then that is ok. I will just take 10,000 pics of the same color!
It is from seed. The first ones came from the NARGS seed bank. At maturity it forms a substantial "bush" filled with blossoms. It is now popping up in several places in the yard. Hopefully they will all burst into bloom with bunches of seed. It is biennial and quite slug-resistant. (A big plus here in the Northwest capital of the slug world)
Oh no ,folks, I've been at it again ! Sorry to bore you with my pictures. Notice how there are so few of us???? Are there REALLY not more than this that are interested in our beautiful poppies???? I mean I am a bigtime daylily person, but poppies are what I live for in the spring!
Corgimom:keep posting those photos.those poppies are Fabulous.There is hardly no color here up North.No poppies until around June.Your poppies help brighten my day.I enjoy!your poppy photos with my morning coffee.here is a photo of oriental checkers poppy from last year.
This one was dancing in the wind ,too ! I had a terrible time ( no patience !) getting photos yesterday.This was in a different bed but it looks almost the same as those above. Wish it had been a pink, or red, or purple ...oh well - there is always next year !
I have poppies in my beds with other things, so there is a great mixture of colors. Some people cringe at the combinations but it doesn't bother me. Since I never know what colors the poppies will turn out to be it is hard to put them in a bed with "like" color combinations. I just look at it like a box of crayons!
I love that frilly poppy and color.I hope to have some Laurens grape poppies this year.Here is a somniferum poppy true to its color.reminds me the color of grape kool-aid.Laurens grape from last year.I have plenty of seeds if interested to this one.
An annual seeds and grows to flower in one season... from seed to flower to seeds. A perinneal will grow the first year and then flower the second year. Perinneal plants usuall mean they come back every year from root systems they have developed. Annuals will not come back from roots. They start all over each year from seeds.
Well, L.L., I knew that already. :-) I'm not sure what I'm asking, but that's not the answer! LOL. Perennial poppies are oriental poppies? I thought the blue ones were perennial. Bal, I tried to look up Papaver triniifolium in Plant Files but they didn't look at all like yours. You should put yours in there - I think it's gorgeous!
So calling them "poppies" is worse than calling something a "daisy". They just have similar-looking flowers and sometimes habit, but they may be different genera completely. Like the famous California poppy not being papaver Californicus?
Christopher Grey-Wilson mentions in his book that the poppy family contains "some 23 genera and about 250 species in total,distributed primarily in the northern temperate hemisphere, but with representatives in southern Africa as well as South America."
Calling them 'poppies' is what they are. Only becomes a problem if you want to say something about one particular little poppy feller and not his second cousin.
I put the triniifolium and Argemone platyceras in the Plant Files, but they won't show up for a couple days.
I have added many plants to the plant files and I sure am NOT an Adm !!! LOL. I have a little bit of knowledge about a few things - and no great knowledge about a great number of things !
Thanks for the nomination :-) Considering I am a "daylily" person I consider your comment an honor ! I am so glad I have something to take pictures of until the daylilies start blooming, and I see scapes popping up every day now . Oh boy !
hello:Libby the daylilys here aren"t blooming yet.I started 66,dayilys from seed for a new bed.i wont see blooms for 2 yrs.it was fun growing the daylilys from seed.I cant wait until my other daylilys bloom.poppies are so nice to see blooming before the other plants.My poppies usually bloom around June.
Libby, thanks for posting the photos of the Iris. I'm glad to hear that they bloom the same time as the Iris. The wintersown seedlings I transplants are not doing real well. A lot of them did not survive the transplanting. Maybe next year, I need to just throw them on the ground. I'm still hoping for a few blooms this summer. Yours are so gorgeous.
My oriental poppies have big fat buds now , although a couple of the plants just out of the blue have withered and died. I will have some pics laater. My somniferums are just about 2 inches tall but coming up fast. Mh rhoeas are really nice size plants but show no signs of setting buds. I think anticipation is part of the fun. As far corgimum keep the pics coming.
After seeing all of your poppies success pictures, I want to cry...
My poppies are retarded; their heights won't grow. The flowers were stuck right at the crown and went rotten. Please help me! What did i do wrong? All you poppies experts/lovers/doctors out there, please come to rescue :-o((
My first Oriental. I now have three in bloom all or orange which is disappointing because they were pizzicato mix. S till its a very large bloom which you cant see in the pic and has a very fine line of white around the bloom. I got the seed from tm and am going to call them if all the others turn out orange.
I wish I could help Ed. The good news is that the foliage looks luxuriant. They will probably do ok next year. This is just a guess, but maybe a little bone meal would help them next year. Could be a shortage of phosphorus. That is just a guess. Like corgimom, I am no expert. Also did you have a warm spell followed by a week of really cold weather,If so it could be caused by that. I know the weather did a number on my iris. Only about half of them are blooming this year.
This plant is about five feet from the first one and has nice tall stems. Appears to be the same variety, but different growth habit. Perhaps when the plant is dormant you could move it to a different location and see if that would make a difference. You might also try a plant food with micronutrients.
I wintersowed a bunch of dark orange oriental poppies a couple years ago, and they out grew the space I had them and so I was digging and ripping them out. My husband came along and carried them way down to the front gardens and planted them and they are coming up just fine... You can move poppies, but cheap annoying poppies move the best. :) LOL
Welcome, Astrid, to Daves Garden! This is a wonderful place... Sometimes we have serious discussions about gardening and sometimes we're just SILLY. Sometimes it's hard to tell where we stop talking about gardening and start being silly! I hope you love it here.
I plant them from the pots as they come from the Nursery. Here the Nurseries don't open much less carry plants till it warms up (and sometimes dries out). As for time, when I can buy them it is time to plant them. Hope that helps a bit.
I wish poppies lasted longer. Lovely photos, everyone! I especially like the red ones with the black bits inside. They remind me of the tulips that were on my uncle's coffin. I saved one of those for years...
I'd like to bump this thread up to remind everyone of 'Sow poppy seeds'. Is it time to prepare for next year poppy season? I missed out on last year Poppies. Please, post more info. on these beauties. How are you doing with your moving? Hope everything going well your way.