This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay
Monday, 4 July 2011
they've mostly self seeded and bring a splash of colour to many areas.
Variety: Californian Poppy 'Special Mixed', Carters Tested Seeds, 500 seeds, 90 pence.
These poppy are described on the seed pack as "poppy-like flowers with silky petals" and that's exactly what they're like.
This is the first year I'm actively deadheading poppies and it makes a big difference. They flower much longer when deadheaded.
'Field Poppy'. They grow taller, 35-40 cm (16 inches). Its hard to believe they've grown so well from a tiny crack in the paving!