Friday, June 5, 2015

More California Poppies in My Garden

On Wednesday I shared a picture of some golden California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) growing in my garden. I actually have a number of different ones growing in my garden, brightening things up considerably on either cloudy days (when they stay tightly closed) or sunny ones (when they open right up).

All self-sown from seeds that I sowed deliberately last year

Most are this solid orange

Some have a yellow edge, like this one


Then there are some whose outer petals are burnished with a touch of red

This one, resting on an Achillea 'Moonshine' umbel, makes me smile

I don't remember sowing white ones, but I must have

Love these deep rose-colored ones, especially the guy on the right in his little fairy hat

15 comments:

  1. These are such vibrant and happy flowers! You must smile when you go into your front garden and they greet you.

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  2. Talk about Bang for a Buck! Once you start them, they grow easily -- some of mine fell to the mower because they reseeded themselves into the lawn. Looks like a good year for lilies at your place.

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  3. Great photos! It's amusing (to me, anyway) that the best displays of California poppies I've seen this year are yours and those of a blogger in Italy. I scattered at least 3 packages of seed in late winter in my street-side succulent garden and, although they sprouted, they struggled with the light rain we received, then fried during March's early heatwaves. Only a handful of plants bloomed in my vegetable garden, the successors of seeds sown 3 years ago.

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  4. Lovely California poppies. In the past I have often sowed them in the garden, but nowadays I have no suitable spots for them. The ordinary orange ones remain my favorite. In our country we call them 'slaapmutsjes' that means nightcaps.

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  5. Those are looking great along that wall in front of the Lilies Alison ! Like Kris, I had a bad Poppy year due to lack of rain. have exactly one Laurens Grape from last fall's sowing.

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  6. I'm getting a smattering from scattered seed...hoping for a show like yours with time.

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  7. They're so bright and beautiful! I have an area slated for development where i'd like to grow these.

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  8. California poppies are so bright and pretty. We grow them in our sandy Whidbey Island garden.

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  9. They are so beautiful, I really must give them a try in my sunny areas.

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  10. Such variations in the colours. Nice plant to brighten things up.

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  11. Your beautiful orange California poppies topping the low wall are exactly what I have envisioned for my wall for a couple years now-- but have yet to achieve. I love the design. In fact, I want to do a post on my journal about trying to get this same look, and I'd like to link to this post if that's okay with you? It shows just what I am after. Nicely done!!

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  12. Alison these are wonderful...I love the fairy hat and the orange faces....I sowed a few seeds here and hope to see some in my garden although they will not come back next year for me!

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  13. They are really beautiful, and the whole effect is stunning!! I love that vibrant orange colour.

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  14. Fabulous, Alison. Of course I love the pink one but that first photo of your garden border is outstanding--glossy magazine status.

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  15. My son would love those first ones. I love the last ones. ;)

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