Poppy somniferum were few in number unless you count the ones sown over tulip and daffodil bulbs planted at the end of December. They came up thick, I knew to thin and didn't. The result is puny blossoms. The result was not a very attractive disguise for dying bulb foliage.
Other places plants were few but blooms were great.
I love the shape of poppy pods.
Corn poppies grew tall and lay down on the driveway.
The buds turned themselves upward.
California Poppies Eschscholzia californica can be counted on to carry on a show with the help of a few Corn Poppies. I am a real fan of California Poppies. They seem to make themselves at home in this climate.
I planted Chartreuse Alternanthera in front of Purple Heart here late this afternoon after the sun went down. Front beds here follow a scheme of Purple, Chartreuse, Yellow and Orange with a few exceptions at the whim of the gardener.
White cross, paler scarlet orange in color. You can't expect
colors to run true but I'll make this one for seed saving.
I am resolved to make a better Poppy show for next year. Collecting and cleaning Poppy seeds is a fun garden task. Early planting in late fall, better prepared beds, thinning, thinning, thinning.
Do you have Poppies?