One of my customers gave me a few of these "Raspberry Blush" iris' in the fall of 2004. This is my first bloom.
It is a small iris (about 20" tall)--very delicate and pretty.
This beauty is one of my many poppies. This is a very large double variety, which is so beautiful -- as long as it's not windy or rainy. The large head which makes it so beautiful also is very heavy and the slightest wind/rain will make it fall to the ground.
It's thundering outside right now so it shouldn't be long before this one takes a tumble.
My favorite poppies have not yet bloomed. They are single and their foliage is much bushier with the flower stems shorter. Here is a picture:
Can anyone explain the difference to me between the above "good" poppies and the "bad" poppies below (the long curly stems with very little foliage). I got both from my Mother-in-law and she does not remember what they are.
Update: Since I awoke very early today, I had time to do a little searching and found out that these are two different species. Everything I read suggests that this:
The "bad" poppy is Papaver rhoeas, also called the Common poppy or field poppy.
The "good" poppy is Papaver orientale.
I also found this :
"Each plant is able to produce around 17, 000 seeds, these can remain dormant in the soil for 80 years or more, perhaps even as long as 100 years " WOW! You better love these once you plant them.
I never let mine seed because I don't want more of the "bad" ones. Although, as Kathy mentioned in her comment, I also find that these must spread by other means...even though I don't allow them to seed, they are spreading out in about a 2ft radius.
My Weekend Goal was to Make a Bench Pillow - I am happy to report that I accomplished that goal!
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