Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring poppies

Spring is popping up all over!  The gardening tours, fairs, shows and sales are in full swing, and the poppies are at their peak.
poppies

I'm sad that none of my bread seed poppies returned, but these are lovely.
red poppy

The roses will be blooming next...

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18 comments:

  1. California poppies are just so sweet and they last forever in cut arrangements.
    My hubby brought one back for me while out walking our dog and it stayed fresh
    for well over a week!

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    1. I had no idea! I'll add some to my next garden bouquet.

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  2. So colorful! Do you know the name of the pink poppy?

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    1. It almost looks like a 'Lauren's Grape' to me. But I'm not entirely sure, because the birds planted it, and it's backlit with sunlight. It could even be a bee-created poppy hybrid. http://zoneonegarden.blogspot.com/2008/07/behold-new-poppy-thanks-to-bees.html

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    2. It could even be a bread seed poppy, although those are usually much paler. https://botanicalinterests.com/products/view/2008/Poppy-Bread-Seed-Hungarian-Blue-Organic-HEIRLOOM-Seeds/srch:poppy

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  3. Those are gorgeous and beautifully photographed.

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    1. Thanks - the poppies are really doing well this year.

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  4. These are such beautiful photographs, Caroline. They must be a treat to photograph. My Old Blush flushed with roses this week and I'm so happy. I've found myself pulling blooms to hold in my hand and take deep inhalations of their scent. It really was a long winter! Spring just seems that much sweeter this year.

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    1. My 'Old Blush' flushed this week, too! Happy, happy spring, dear Cat.

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  5. I just came across your blog today and absolutely love it! I've recently started my own Texas gardening blog to document my journey as a Central Texas gardener (which I'm also somewhat new at). I love reading your blog for do's and don'ts for our area and to get ideas for what I want to incorporate into my garden. I haven't tried poppies yet, but definitely want them in my garden next year. Have you tried red oriental poppies? Do they do well here? Or would you recommend sticking with the California poppy?

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I've never seen the tall red oriental poppies here. I've grown corn poppies, bread seed poppies and California poppies.

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  6. Lovely photos--I especially love the angle of the red poppy. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you! The sunlight shining through its petals just made it glow.

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  7. It's one of the most beautiful times of year for our Austin gardens. I love your poppies!

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    1. Thanks, Pam, I love them too! And now I hope to always have them, as they reseed so readily.

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  8. Poppies make me happy, too - but Caroline, no real ID's on mine. They're all self-seeded from plants I bought over the years, usually in a 4-inch pot from NG, and no ID. The pink with purple heart in your photo is smashing!

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  9. Isn't it grand? I think the birds planted it. Maybe I should call them Bird Poppies!

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  10. I love poppies. I have a pink one that's blooming right now, and Shawn has deemed it his favorite. Guess I'd better be sure to let it go to seed.

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