|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.