Shirley Poppy

July 17, 2011

Poppy 'Shirley Double'

I've discovered Shirley poppies! My brother has grown them for years, in his zone 1 garden, and I have always admired them. For some unknown reason I never tried them until this year.

They were so worth the wait!

I sowed the seeds, directly into the garden, in early May. The seeds are so tiny, that I ended up with really dense patches of little seedlings, so I took my brother's advice and 'thinned like crazy'.

I will deadhead to prevent them from self-seeding overly randomly. I have very thick shredded cedar mulch in the bed, but I have a feeling they might just grow up from that, if left to their own devices.

I hope to collect some seeds and plant them where I want them to grow. I'll check with my brother on that though.

7 comments:

  1. You are right they are worth it. Poppies are gorgeous flowers.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Very pretty ... such a delicate bloom.

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  3. Lovely flower - I have never seen a pink one before, hope they self-seed for you.

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  4. what a beautiful bloom! I do not have these in my garden! May have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I planted some double poppies from seed. Three came up, and I took the middle on out to leave room for the other 2. One really is double, the other not, but is still pretty. They only bloom for a couple days. If I deadhead do you know if they will they bloom again?

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  6. Okay, I'm adding these to my wish-list. If you can grow them from seed, I should be able to, too. When I do my new front garden, I may try to create a space for them where they could self-sow to their heart's content. -Jean

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