Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More New Blooms

A few more new things have begun to bloom, so here is a quick update from the garden and balcony:

Yet another opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) but this one turned out a soft pink; some orange cosmos (Cosmos aurantiacus) is beginning to bloom in the background

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)

 An Asiatic lily (Lilium cv.)

Borage (Borago officinalis)

 'Tashkent' French marigold (Tagetes patula 'Tashkent')

 The first flower of this year's batch of black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) - unfortunately as you can tell by the leaves it is infected with something or other

'Old Fashioning Vining' petunia - Much more dainty than the modern carpet varieties and sweetly fragrant

The opium poppies will soon be finished blooming now; in the heat of the last couple of days individual flowers often only last a few hours. As the silky petals drop down or are blown away by the breeze, rapidly fattening silvery green pods are left, holding a promise of lots and lots of poppy seed - for more poppy plants, of course, and perhaps also for a bit of baking.


  1. I like that shot of the Thunbergia with the car below it, cool!

    1. Yeah, I thought so, too. The car is the downstair neighbor's. The color is great.

  2. Gorgeous safflower! I have been trying to get some seeds, but in vain:(

  3. The black-eyed Susan grows wild here, but poppy doesn't like the climate!

    1. I think even here the poppies did better this year because May and June were relatively cool. Apparently safflower is used as bird feed a lot, so maybe that could be another way to get seeds if if none of the seed vendors carry it as garden seeds?

  4. Yes -- these types of poppies + heat do not go well together. I have the pink peony-type of Papaver somniferum (Bombast) and heat murders them.


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