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It's Poppy Time!

Iceland, bread, or Shirley--I love poppies! And this year, I bought several types of poppy seed and scattered them in the Vegtrug in early April. I ordered and started seed found at the

Champagne and Roses California Poppy

Cream Poppy

Double Tangerine Gem Poppy

Meadow Pastels Poppy

Pacino Poppy

San Remo Poppy

Thai Silk Rose Bush California Poppy

Turkish Tulip Poppy

Double Shirley poppy - Papaver rhoeas

The Shirleys (Papaver rhoeas) bloom first--prolifically--which is a good and a bad thing. In order to keep them blooming, you have to remove the pods that are left after the petals fall off. Keeping up with this (deadheading) also makes them look better.

One thing about planting poppies from seed is that they should be thinned so that each plant isn't too close to its neighbor (around 6" apart).

Producing a big flush of bloom, usually in early July are the reseeded breadseed (Papaver somniferum) poppies called 'Lauren's Grape'.

Poppy 'Lauren's Grape' is a breadseed poppy.

The current bloomers are well over two feet tall, but hopefully, they'll be followed by some of the others as I can see flower buds of a different type just about 10" down from the top.

This watermelon red poppy is from a mix of Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora'.

These poppies have followers. I had to wade through a bevy of bees as I cut a few stems to bring inside.

It's hard to get a good look at the beautiful delicacy of poppies, which typically last a day after they've been visited by bees. The bees are happy there are more to come.

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