Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Papaver Orientale in the Sandbox

The Oriental Poppies are just starting to bloom in the Sandbox.  These plants have big showy orange red blooms but unfortunately they only last a few days.   This is one plant I do not put in a plant sale.  I have rarely had success with digging them up and repotting them.  You are probably better off to wait for the seed pods and then sow them where you might want new plants to grow.


I think the bud of the poppies is so interesting.  It is rather bristly.  I am sure there is a reason for that phenomenon  but at this point I don't know what that is.


              The  deep green leaves are shaped like a fern with serrated edges and a fuzzy surface.


When the last flower has bloomed the plants begin to die off and disappear into the ground.  Unfortunately that leaves gaps in the flower bed.  Oh Dear.   If you like big and showy you might try these. 

2 comments:

A Garden of Threads said...

I love poppies in the garden, they are short lived by so cheerful when in bloom, great shots. Bubbly post was on the mix-up list. Have a wonderful day and take care.

Floridagirl said...

Hi, GIAS! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Peace in the Valley. Your photos are beautiful! Love that poppy bud. Amazing texture and detail! I also love the way you showed each part of the plant.