Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CALIFORNIA POPPIES

California poppies are blooming everywhere.


I love the more common orange ones.


But I really love the white one. I never know when it will show up. The variety is Eschscholozia californica 'white linen'

23 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I've never seen the white variety before.

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  2. Did you ever try growing these in St. Louis? I sprinkle seeds almost every spring but never get any plants. They're sold as "annuals" according the the packets. More like "annual disappointment". :(

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    1. Alan- No I never did. The first ones I had here I started in the greenhouse and ever since then they have shown up every year. We have had temperatures down in the low teens although maybe not for as prolonged a time as in St Louis. I have found that the colored ones are hard to grow. Nothing like as vigorous, but the white is a stronger plant. Usually I have one or two show up each year. This year I have one that is more yellow. I would try starting them indoors, even now.

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  3. Until I moved down here, I never really cared for orange-colored flowers...must be the heat. But I do love me some Cali poppies.

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  4. That middle photo sings! It's absolutely why I love orange in the garden!

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  5. I sprinkle my seeds in the fall. I look forward to them: aliens in a Georgia landscape. they make themselves right at home.

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  6. Jenny, those are beautiful! I'm still waiting on my red poppies from your seeds to begin this year. Hopefully this rain will get them started. If you can catch some, I'd love some orange seeds, too! Beggers can be choosers, right?

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    1. I iwll try and save seeds but what I am noticing right now is that there are no bees around and they are not being fertilized.

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  7. Ooh! i didn't know about the white form, just ordered some seeds!

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  8. I've long admired your 'White Linen' CA poppies. I went to Wildflower Farms near Fredericksburg last fall to try to buy some seeds, but they had only the mixed. Would either you or Suzie/Viva Verde please share your source for them?

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    1. I found the seeds at the local nursery. I believe they are from Botanical Interests.

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  9. How beautiful! I tried to grow them from seed one year, but an unnaturally hot spell in spring killed all the little seedlings. They are so gorgeous, though. I love the orange!

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  10. That first photo is gorgeous. You do have the knack for growing things.

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    1. You may think so, but I also have a knack for killing things too!

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  11. This may be the year of the poppy. Mine are coming up everywhere, but are not quite as far along as yours. With more rain on the way, we'll be having a very flowery spring. Yea!

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  12. Your poppies are always so beautiful! This year's crop is delightful!

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  13. Jenny, your garden is a constant inspiration to me! I wish mine were so tidy and beautiful!

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    1. Linda- It is kind of you to say so but I'm only showing you the tidy bits!

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  14. Vibrant orange and pure white - both very pretty!
    Have a blessed week-end!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  15. Hello! Just discovered your blog when searching for posts on Denver Botanic Garden. Lovely blog and love your photos of the CA poppies! Gorgeous!

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    1. Glad you dropped by Andrea. The poppies are in full spring fling!

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