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Louisville, KY

Shirley poppies in my garden. I love them. They are easy to grow though they do have their faults.

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Louisville, KY

One of the individuals

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Louisville, KY

And another.

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Louisville, KY

And another. All of these were sown on a March snow . The flower bed had no mulch on it.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Its my first sow with Shirleys,What are the drawbacks?

Louisville, KY

Their major drawback is that they don't last the whole season. Mine are done by mid to late June.

I would love to see some hybridizers develop a strain that is short for the front of the border. Shirleys in my garden tend to be about 2 fewet tall.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Thanks I dont know what I was expecting but a short season wont put me around the bend.
I couldn't imagine what could be bad about something so pretty.

Columbia Station, OH(Zone 5a)

i'm curious...did any of your shirley's self seed and come up in 2009? i'm asking, because none of mine did..and some of them were so interesting.
Yours were lovely.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I direct sowed in 2008.I sowed in 2 places only one place had poppies.
This was my first Shirly poppy season.
Under my livingrom window in the red garden

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Louisville, KY

I had very few volunteer this past year....but I have a number of seedlings coming up now. I have transplanted them into a number of other places in the garden, so all they have to do is make it through the winter for 2010. I think that maybe the rabbits that are always outwitting my attempts to keep them out of my garden may find them tasty fare in mid winter when all else is brown.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Your milder climate keeps them alive in winter.
Our freezes kill everything

Louisville, KY

Could be on the freezes. I am either 6a or 6b.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I'm 6a too, but annual poppies dont live here thru the winter.
Could you have been referring to Orientals Perennial poppies?

Louisville, KY

no these are definitely shirleys.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Hummmmm
I find p.somnifariums are more prolific and reliable self seeders.
I have big dreams for the first year harvest and re sowing here.
If I like where everything comes up I will just let them continue to populate the garden.
I hope to see some of these Flemish Antiques.
The only drawback to poppies is they get leggy and flop everywhere

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

This is the flopping I dislike

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Beatuiful poppies, everyone! That garden scene is gorgeous, time, and your Flemish Antique is wonderful, Jo Ann!

Can't they be staked?

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I staked this bunch altho they loose the free open wavy attitude when bunched in the middle.
Ibelieve and hope that when they are better established in among the JI's and Lilies ,they will not flop over.Lilies should hold them up pretty good.
Also, I dont thin mine. I just cant bear to pull them out.
Last spring was the firdt year I had any.
I direct sowed Somniferiums in 3 places 2 places did well.
Venus in the west garden

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

and Flemish Antique in the DayLily garden.
These are small clumps the first year 100 seeds doesnt make much of a statement.
I wasnt happy with Flems Antiq so I yanked most before they could re seed.
I yanked Venus because I wanted the seeds to mature in a bag in the garage so I could relocate them.
This is a aspect of Picasa I dont like. When the file menu drops down ALL the files chosen foe collage show.
I have to fish around to find the file for the collage amonst all the images in the collage.
This isnt it.
Gimmi a minute.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Hope this is it
YES

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I do understand the staking making the poppies look too rigid and not natural. There are some systems offered by many companies but I don't know how well they'd work for you.

Lovely photos, Jo Ann.

Just "Export" the photos of poppies to a folder you can name POPPIES 2009 and the collages will be there. Makes it much easier to find them.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I export the collage to the garden folder where I can find them, then when I open the collage file all the elements of the collage are there and none are labled the poppy collage as I named it when I exported it.
This is a "new feature of the recently updated Picasa3 It stinks in my opinion

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I have it (Picasa 3) and just give a collage a folder to itself and then add individual photos of each flower.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

will give that a try

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Oriental Poppies.
Cant wait for june

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I just came across this.
Venus poppies annuals

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

another poppy pic

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Looking forward to the return of this.Queen Alexandra

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

That's a lovely soft color and a beautiful flower.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

The QA is an oriental perennial.I have a few others thwt will be first year plants.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Happy Groundhog day

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Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)


Hi ge1836, what is the poppy in this post, please?


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7295603

Thank you, Deb

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I am not positive but either Flemish Antique or
Drop Dead Georgeous

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

Boy, I agree about it being "Drop Dead Georgeous"!!!! thank you....Deb

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

They are gorgeous.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

They are from The One Stop Poppy Shop

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I believe I read a thread on the poppy forum where someone started they had sown Persian Whit,Grape and lilac and Hungarien Blue poppies that failed to germinate.
Am I wrong ?
Has anyone had a problem with these varieties?
OR am I just impatient. Other varieties are going gangbusters.

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