Thoughts on Poppies
by Rainbow Bobbins
Back in late March of this year I ordered 25,000 Papaver rhoeas or Shirley Poppy seeds from Swallowtail Gardens — I threw the seeds into clay soil next to a growing Forsythia that eventually gobbled up and shaded most of the poppy bed. By mid March some of the poppy seeds had sprouted and were looking like this:
– Despite negligence and black thumbs these plants are easy to grow – just as I had read on various blogs. I like that.
– Next time I’ll try spacing the tiny-ass seeds out a bit and plant in succession – I did use the mix-with-sand method to spread the seed but I should have upped the ratio to keep the seedlings from coming up in clumps.
– Poppy progress will be monitored through the summer months and I will report back on the plants’ re-seeding efforts.
Also – I like those little back-lit poppy hairs. cute.