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The Poppies Are Coming The Poppies Are Coming

Posted by Dani on May 31, 2012


My poppies burst open today in my front garden. I have been nurturing these babies since the summer before last, and I finally have a robust little bunch. This is the first one that opened, and I think she is just stunning!

Two more appeared soon after – tadaahhh!

I have always loved poppies. I tried to grow them for many years. Once I spilled a bag of poppy seeds down the front steps, and the next year tiny little pale-coloured poppies were trying to make their way out of the cracks. But these weren’t the bright orange ones I badly wanted. So I tried proper seeds, and plants from the garden center. It seems that finally they found a spot they liked and decided to grow. My mother, who is an avid and prolific gardener, always says that plants grow where they want to grow. Her garden is full and lush, but she doesn’t coddle her plants. If certain plants are not thriving, it’s tough love for them. It’s a dog eat dog kind of garden.

Anyway, it looks like I finally got my poppies. I’m very attached already. I think the black eyed susans are going to be jealous.

10 Responses to “The Poppies Are Coming The Poppies Are Coming”

  1. Very pretty! I’m SO jealous = I wish I had a garden. Then again, I can’t even keep the plants on my windows sill alive, so maybe it’s a good thing i live in a condo . . .

    • Dani says:

      I have a bit too much of a garden! It keeps calling me to get out there and pull some weeds, and I’m doing my best to ignore it. I guess life is never perfect 🙂

  2. Michele says:

    When I bought my first home the garden (I was told after) had dozens of poppies but due to inexperience I pulled them all out before they bloomed thinking they were weeds. The neighbours were quite sad. Now,twenty years later I am a knowledgable gardener but still feel bad for those poppies. Enjoy yours – they are truly beautiful.

    • Dani says:

      I can totally see doing that – they do kind of look weedy! I’m sure in my high-energy early gardening days I accidentally pulled out all kinds of good things!

  3. how2home says:

    Oh my, they look so lovely, are they easy to take care of? Red poppies resembles anemones flowers and both are so gorgeous 🙂

    • Dani says:

      They are VERY easy to take care of because I don’t really coddle my plants – they’re kind of on their own! I think the trick is to plant them where they like to grow, and then they’ll do well. Poppies are pretty drought tolerant so they don’t need a lot of water, but they need full sun. So if you have lots of sun, I think they’ll work for you. And they do look like anemones – both are gorgeous blooms!

      • how2home says:

        Now that you said they are easy to take care of…i just might consider to plant them…when would you recommend to plant them since yours bloomed at the end of May? This season we planted a lot of impatiens and for fun we put in some cactus as well. But, we’re really trying to focus on herbs and veggies….do you grow your own veggies and herbs?

        • Dani says:

          I think you could plant them any time now, although they probably won’t bloom until next year. I bought a small plant from a nursery – the seeds didn’t really work for me. Make sure to give them full sun for the best results! I tried veggies for the first time last year – but a groundhog ate them all 🙁 This year I am sticking to herbs – I have lots of perennial herbs, and I may add some more kinds of mint. Hopefully the groundhog doesn’t like mint!

          • how2home says:

            We live behind a little ravine, we’re experiencing a similar problem and bunnies too! They’re adorable BUT starting to annoy me. Don’t know how you feel about posting links but this would be a great idea (www.eieihome.com/blog/do-it-yourself-vertical-gardens.html) as well. Did you follow some sort of guideline to built your herb garden?

  4. Dani says:

    @how2home, thanks for sharing the link – that looks like a great idea for an herb garden. My herbs are mainly perennials mixed into my flower beds wherever it seems convenient – no guidelines or plans at all, I just go with whatever seems to work. So far, so good!

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