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Propagating Poppies

>Hello everyone! 

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I sure did! After a couple weeks of chilly and rainy fall weather, Mother Nature did a full 180 and gave us a wonderfully beautiful warm weekend. It looks like the weather’s going to stay this way for a little bit, so lucky us! We’ll be sure to make the most of these final days of summer. 
So last spring I planted several varieties of annual poppies (Angel’s Choir, Flemmish Antique, and a mixed variety of Papaver somniferum) in hopes of using them in my bouquets.                                 (Angel’s Choir shown below)
Well, they were utterly beautiful flowers on the plant but were impossible to use as a cut flower. I tried every trick in the book (burning the cut stems, sticking the stems in boiling water, etc), but I couldn’t, for the life of me, get them to last longer than a day or two in a vase. The somniferum poppies did a bit better, but still didn’t live up to my high hopes for these delicately gorgeous flowers.
Therefore, I will not be seeding them again in the cutting garden next year. I will, however, take all of the dried seed heads and toss the tiny seeds throughout our fields. I think they’ll make striking pops of color against the grass. Poppies actually grow best when subjected to a cold period, so winter seeding leads to a better germination rate. 

The dried seed heads look like this: 

When the seed has fully matured, there will be small openings at the top where the seed would naturally fall out.

Today I embarked on my first round of seed-spreading! I would either simply shake the seed head or break it  open to release the seed. Once the seed fell to the ground, I would lightly step on the area in order to ensure good seed to soil contact. And that’s all!
The idea is that these seeds will lay dormant through the winter until the warm spring weather arrives. This is just a little experiment, so I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted next spring as to how the poppy propagation project went!

Here is the last standing survivor from this season’s seeds.



Today’s bouquet of the day is True Blue.

For this bouquet I used Jolly Bee geraniums, purple clary sage, caryopteris ‘Blue Mist’, grass, painted nettles,  and blue scabiosa.

Have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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