Friday, June 3, 2016

Red and Pink

As we transition to early summer, the garden is filling out with greenery and more and more flowers. The stars right now are definitely the Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas), which are doing particularly well this year.

One Shirley poppy form ...

 ... and another ...

... and two more

Otherwise, too, there are a lot of reds and pinks at the moment:

A seedling Canna indica grown from seed collected last year in New Orleans

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber)

Firecracker plant (Dichelostemma ida-maia)

There are still a few more seedlings to plant out and some more seeds to sow, but by and large now things just need to grow. Hopefully we will get enough rain in the coming weeks, and lots of warmth.

8 comments:

  1. I never have enough poppies in my garden.

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    1. I feel the same way - and while the Shirley poppies are doing great this year, the opium poppies did not come up very well this year - maybe because the temperatures kept fluctuating much more than usual throughout spring - and the one big oriental poppy in the front yard is not blooming at all.

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  2. I'm growing Shirley poppies for the first time. The buds are so beautiful on their own. Gorgeous colours when they flower.

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    1. Indeed! Last year was my first time growing any but the single dark red kind and when they started blooming I was just blown away. Luckily they reseeded generously!

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  3. Love the poppies! Here, we use to eat the Canna roots, it's so sweet and tasty.

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    1. Oh, do you actually prepare them as a vegetable? I only knew about them being processed into starch commercially.

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