Growing Poppies

The previous owners of our house planted some wonderful flowers and plants around the yard.  It is unfortunate, then, that they did not leave us information as to what they planted where and how they took care of it. This meant that we “discovered” many suprises when Spring came that first year.

One of the wonderful surprises we had was in a small flower bed beside the shed.  At first I thought it was a weed, but not one found in the rest of the yard, so I left it alone.  Soon thereafter the bed was filled with orange poppies.  I had never actually seen these in a garden before, only in pictures.  Well, they lived up to those pictures.  They were gorgeous.  The second year, there were a fewer.  Every year there after there were fewer and fewer.  I had no idea why.  They also started to appear in the grass just outside the flower bed.  My guess was that I had disturbed them withing the bed, so they were no longer growing there but had spread via roots or bulbs into the grass.  Oh how wrong I was.

I came across this post on the Mr. Brown Thumb blog.  My hope has been renewed in these flowers.  If it is as easy as this Mr. Brown Thumb states, then I hope to have a full bed of poppies next year.  Even perhaps spreading them to a larger bed in my front yard.  I love easy flowers.

When the flowers ripen at the appropriate time this year, I will be saving as many seeds as possible.  Too bad I did not know this before, or else I would be sowing the seeds now.  It seems that one of the easiest ways to propigate these is to spread the seeds on top of the snow.  When the snow melts, they will come in contact with the soil as soon as possible.  This would allow them to reach that soil without weeds and bird interfering.

Update: I wrote this post some time back, planning to publish it at that time.  However, for some unremembered reason, I didn’t.  When I saw my flowers blooming this week, I remembered what I had planned to do and came to find this post.  I hope others will find it useful as well.