Friday, July 1, 2011


What do you think of these poppies? They look more like peonies to me! I missed the blooming of my peony while I was in California. I have been waiting for five years for that thing to finally get big enough to bloom. Wouldn't you know it happens while I am out! I started it from a root. All I can say is slow and painful. This poppy reseeds itself in my garden in random places. I was looking for the bright orange variety and ended up with this very pink carnation looking one. I'll try to seed for the orange ones this fall. In the meantime, I will enjoy this one with its carnation like flower and sleepy seed pods.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Well I am glad to be home but seem to have brought a cold with me. I am hoping it is just allergies....something in California I was not used to. I found lots of wonderful things in my garden when I got home. Amazing what a week of hot weather can do!
I seeded these California Poppies last summer. I have always liked them for their vibrant color, willingness to self seed and their need for little water. Needless to say I am really pleased to see how nice the color plays with the purple of the salvia. I would like to say I planned it that way but I did not. I am however pleased with the result and would recommend it for someone looking for something vibrant in the garden!