Choose Glowing Poppies This Spring
Of all the old-fashioned flowers that welcome the
poppies are the most brilliant—they
glow like stained glass when the sun shines behind them in early morning
or late afternoon. Although their silky petals look delicate nodding on
their wispy stems, poppies are both easy to grow and surprisingly hardy.
Cultivated since ancient times for their beautiful
blossoms, edible seeds or as medicine, poppies appear in mythology,
poetry, and paintings, symbolizing everything from fertility and
decadence to blood and memory. Recent breeding has increased their range
of form and fantastic diversity of colors.
While many people love cheerful yellow-orange
Native California poppies,
we also offer this species in a palette of multicolored shades,
including vivid tropical colors and lovely pastel shades.
Shirley poppies, mostly single and red
in the wild, now come in doubles of pink, salmon, white, and lilac. Or
you can treat yourself to the giant peony-like blossoms ranging from
white to dark maroon in the
French Flounce mixture, the ethereal
pale pink/lilac of
Hungarian Breadseed poppies or the
vivid hues of
California poppies are particularly
well suited to cutting since they last longer in the vase than other
annual poppies. We offers this species in a palette of multicolored
shades, including vivid tropical colors and lovely pastel shades.
Legion of Honor
Poppies grow best in moderately rich, well-drained soil, and can either
be sown in fall or early spring, depending on your climate. In cold
winter areas, where the ground freezes hard, plant seeds in spring as
soon as the soil can be worked; in mild winter areas, you can make two
sowings, the first in late September to early November, and the second
in early spring.
View "Poppies: Modern and Heirloom"
for info on how to grow poppies.
Native Orange CA Poppies Scatter Garden
In the Trial Garden: Getting Ready for Spring Planting
forward to spring, Trail Garden Manager Lindsay made up a slideshow
showing how we construct our critter proof raised planting beds. Gophers
are the most common scourge in our area, but this method will also work
well to discourage moles and voles.
See these step by step instructions in our current blog post:
Building a Gopher/Mole/Vole Proof Raised
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Recipe of the Month
A very light and
subtle tasting soup to showcase fresh green broccoli. Good
hot or chilled.
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