It’s been an insane year for poppies. Red and purple opium poppies came with our house as a weed and I’ve let them reseed themselves and selected for the brighter colors. This winter I planted another variety of opium poppy in the back garden ‘Antique Shades’. I didn’t know what they looked like but the description sounded beautiful. They are much wilder than I expected. First, they are 5 feet tall. Then, they are crazy shapes. Now they are turning into fat, fancy pods.

I also planted ‘Mother of Pearl’ under the eucalyptus tree which turned out to be a very subtle and pretty combination. The mix has a lot of white in it so I will edit for grey, pink and mauve which I prefer and let them reseed. I first saw this magical flower at Special Plants Nursery┬ánear Bath, England and I love it.

Poppies are a little tricky as cut flowers but I pick them anyway. Holding a match to the cut stem or dipping them in boiling water helps them keep longer, but they last a few days tops in a vase and then they explode petals and stamens all over the dining room table. Enough chatting, let’s see these poppies.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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