Again, surprise! One magic day their large billowing blooms burst open. Their blooms are intense fiery suns, their color burning, bringing us Northern gardeners what we have been craving over the Winter months and during this chilly Spring.
Later in the year, California Poppies skirt the edge of my Nice Driveway, hot and dry. They are reseeding themselves nicely and will even grow in the cracks, a much nicer alternative to crab grass. This year I am adding more in a dusky rose color to soften the orange I already grow.
Also this year, Pepperbox Poppies will find their way into the Potager. I have some seeds of an heirloom variety from Renee’s Garden and want to try these seeds in my own homemade bread. The pods will also be pretty dried. I couldn’t resist Renee’s Shirley Poppies Angels’ Choir, either. These should be pretty and frilly in a mix of soft “watercolor shades” (perfect for painting!) in coral, apricot and peach. Some are bicolor, some picotees (with a different colored edge).
A native Yellow Wood Poppy, Stylophorum Diphyllum, is blooming in my garden right now. Not necessarily common in this area from what I read. Never-the-less a few have volunteered to grow here and I appreciate their bright drops of sunshine. This year I hope to save some of the seed and spread it around. I may have to compete with the chipmunks who savor these seeds, or maybe they will distribute them for me.