Friday, October 9, 2015

pretty poppies

Peter didn't pick a pickled pepper...
but there are lots of pretty poppies popping up in the potager at present!
I just love seeing these ruffly pink poppies self seeding in the garden. 
They are part of my "trowel and error" journey to hitting the jackpot when I finally discovered the success of those previously mentioned gorgeous stocks.
I bought a selection of various poppy seeds from this cottage garden in Victoria and scattered then about, looking forward to harvesting all the different coloured flowers.
Purple ones, dark burgundy ones, stripey ones, ruffly blowsy pink ones, red ones and frilly ones!

Alas, I am a naive flower farmer.
I didn't realise they don't last long once you pick 'em. 
The grey green seed pods are striking though and the seeds are happily springing up all over the place.

The bees are quite beside themselves, gorging and tripping over each other in the pollen. 

Self seeded plants are the best. Strong and hardy, they don't need mollycoddling, even as tiny seedlings emerging out of dry soil.
They are very welcome in all the nooks and crannies.