I can't thank you enough for this picture. This is one of my favorite flowers for many reasons.
My great grandmother had them planted all along her front walkway on Liberty St. I think of her and that house everytime I see them.
Also, it was a flower I patiently waited to bloom the sping my youngest son was born. I watched the buds get bigger and bigger (just as I was)and I was afraid that I'd miss seeing the flowers since the plant and I were racing to delivery day.
I went out to the garden just before leaving for the hospital and the plant was in bloom.
Youngest son hates hearing this story, especially when I remind him that he was my poppy baby. hehehe.
At the time, I had a hard time finding the single poppy. That year, it seemed all they were selling were the doubles. I remember that I was told they could be grown by seed, but I did find plants at a farmers' market. They are certainly a harbinger of spring. I love them (but only the orange),
Late Spring/Early Summer
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Thanks for all the compliments! I'm glad this shot brought back good memories Bea!
As Gabor said, all details are on my blog, I don't want to bore you with them here so I'll just throw them in the comments here:
Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Lens: Canon 10-22mm
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Focal Length: 10mm
Flash Used: No
Tripod Used: No