Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Poppy

Happy first day of SPRING! 

I just wanted to share my first Poppy bloom. Papaver somniferum is the opium poppy. I am of course growing them for ornamental purposes because they're pretty. I got seed from a friend two years ago and this is my second year growing them. One plants the seeds in about November here and they bloom in Spring. Once it gets hot, they're done. I have a mixture, some are single and some are double. I prefer the double ones and actually yanked two single variety plants today and chucked them(because they do reseed). They grow to about 3-4 feet tall.

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