Poppies are Popular With Me
This May was the first time I had genuine Poppies (Papaver) blooming in our garden.
I don’t know what kind they are. They were a gift from my friend Linc, and I planted them last fall. Last year I grew California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) from seed. These, however, are not true Poppies, as they come from an entirely different genus. I didn’t plant any California Poppies this year, as their performance was a bit disappointing, and also their botanical name fails to meet my new rule on the minimum ratio of vowels to consonants.
Anyhow, Linc’s Poppies bloom in time to accompany the the blue flowers of ‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Nepeta fassenii). And they are bright orange, a big plus in my book.
I love the bursts of vibrant color that they add to the daintier spring flowers, and also to the green of the larger plants bulking up and preparing to bloom in summer. In a sense Poppies carry on in the spirit of the tulips, who fade away as the Poppies open. The pointy, fuzzy leaves are endearing, as are the nodding flower buds that remind me of kiwis.
Linc’s Poppies (I think that will be their name from now on, at least in our garden) spread vigorously, and I look forward to seeing them fill in all the spots which have been bare up through June in the Driveway Border.
The only reservation I have about Poppies generally is that their bloom period seems to be fairly short. This year they seemed to come and go in less than two weeks, with the help of some big rainstorms. Of course, this is also true of some other flowers I love, such as the Crabapple blossoms.
Do you grow Poppies? What kind? Which are your favorites?