Return of the poppies

opium poppies | DancingRedRanch.comI feel like a war bride breathlessly rushing across to the well-house garden. “You’re back! You’re back!”

There, in the tall terracotta pot most recently planted with thryallis (galphimia glauca), surrounded by an admiring throng of bicolor iris (dietes bicolor), is a thicket of opium poppies (papaver somniferum). I had so loved the opium poppies I had seen in the garden at Great Dixter that I took a chance belatedly planting a few tatty-looking specimens last spring. They flowered, but never quite looked healthy otherwise. And, now, here they are again.

It’s one of those moments of pure glee for a gardener, when the unexpected is delivered.

The poppies are unevenly spaced around the rim of the pot — one side is extremely crowded. Shall I thin them out? And, if I do, will they take to replanting? I read somewhere that poppies don’t like to be moved . . .

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2 Responses to Return of the poppies

  1. Linda Lehmusvirta February 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Beautiful post! And your poppies are certainly doing much better than mine.

    With this cool weather, it couldn’t hurt to try to move a few. The problem I’ve run into is that it gets hot again so fast and they don’t make it. But you’ve got a lot of them so if you experiment with a couple, you can tell us all how it went!

    • Dancing Red Ranch February 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      You’re right, Linda, what can I lose? To be continued . . .

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